From its poetic title to its concluding sentence dark places of the earth spins a riveting yarn using the vexed voyage of the slave ship antelope to illuminate a profound moment in american history. Dark places of the earth the voyage of the slave ship antelope jonathan m bryant tom zingarelli on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a dramatic work of historical detection illuminating one of the most significant and long forgotten supreme court cases in american history. Despite its title dark places of the earth is not a book about caves or geology but instead a treatise on maritime and international law as it pertained to the slave trade in the 1820s the author is a southern historian and legal scholar whose specialty is slavery and the events leading up to the civil war. In dark places of the earth georgia southern university scholar jonathan m bryant dissects the legal and moral conundrum surrounding the federal seizure of the slave ship antelope off . Jonathan bryant author of dark places of the earth the voyage of the slave ship antelope joined roland martin on newsone now to discuss the story of antelope and the battle to free its cargo
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