IF WE MUST DIE
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SHIPBOARD INSURRECTIONS IN THE ERA OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE
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Eric Robert Taylor was born and raised in Los Angeles.  He entered the
University of Southern California in 1989, not quite sure what he wanted to
study.  Quickly developing an interest in African American literature and
history, Eric sought to take as many courses as he could find.  The problem
was that virtually nothing was offered.  There was no department, almost no
classes, and no major or minor degree on the books that anyone knew of.

With the help of Professor James Diego Vigil, however, Eric discovered
that there was, in fact, an Ethnic Studies degree that could be pursued at
USC, although nobody seemed to have graduated with such a degree in a
decade or more.  After a lot of effort, Eric finally graduated with an Ethnic
Studies degree with a speciality in African American Studies in 1993.  At
graduation, while hundreds of students walked across the stage receiving
their degrees in such fields as history and English, Eric had to find
somebody to announce that there was one student graduating with a
degree in Ethnic Studies.

This frustrating journey encouraged Eric to want to learn more, and upon
graduation, he entered UCLA's Masters Degree program at the Center for
African American Studies, where his sub-discipline was history.  It was here
that Eric first learned of the phenomenon of shipboard slave revolts after
reading Vincent Harding's "There Is A River."  Eric read everything he could
find on the topic and completed his MA thesis, entitled "Resistance on the
Deadly Atlantic."  

Feeling that he had only scratched the surface of an important and little
understood aspect of African and African American history, Eric longed to
delve into the subject deeper and really undertake the research to fully
understand and appreciate this history.  As a result, he enrolled in the
Doctoral program in U.S. History at UCLA in 1996.

During his time in the Ph.D. program, Eric flew back East, as well as across
the Atlantic to England to do research.  He also had the opportunity to work
with and learn from numerous scholars at UCLA, including Edward Alpers
and Brenda Stevenson, who helped focus his attention and fine-tune his
research.  In the end, Eric graduated with his Doctorate in 2000.  His
dissertation was entitled "If We Must Die" and it is this work that the
present book is derived from.

Eric still resides in Los Angeles, living with his wife and twin sons. He
works in the television industry as a producer of documentary and other
non-fiction programming.
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