Basil Davidson states that by examining three important areas of Africa in the history of slavery 'against a general background of their time and circumstance' he was taking 'a fresh look at the oversea slave trade, the steady year-by-year export of African labour to the West Indies and the Americas that marked the greatest and most fateful migration - forced migration - in the history of man.'
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The best general acount of the Atlantic slave trade. - Christopher Fyfe Read this book, then read it again. (Davidson's) is the story of one of the most enormous crimes in all human history. THE NEW YORK TIMES ...the most effective popularizer of African history and archaeology outside Africa. - Roland Oliver in THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS