The Atlantic Slave Trade (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900) / Edition 1

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Essays on the capture of slaves and the Middle Passage, the identities of the enslaved and their lives after capture, the economics of the slave trade, the struggle to end slavery, and the slave trade's legacy, as well as biographies of important figures, primary documents, and an annotated bibliography make this the perfect source for student research on this critically important historical topic.

In 1502, the first African slaves were taken to Hispaniola. In 1888, Brazil became the last western-hemisphere country to outlaw slavery. Yet for the nearly 400 years in between, slavery played a major role in linking the histories of Africa, North and South America, and Europe. The Atlantic Slave Trade begins with an overview of African slavery in the new world, then delves deeply into the phenomenon itself with essays on five separate issues:

• The capture of slaves and the Middle Passage

• Identities of the enslaved and their lives after capture

• The economics of the slave trade

• The struggle to end slavery

• The slave trade's legacy

Following this extensive analytical section are biographies of important persons—both black and white—in the history of the slave trade. Thirteen primary documents show students the actual words of the participants. An annotated bibliography and a timeline complete the book, making it the perfect source for student research on this heartrending and critically important historical topic.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Postma draws on primary sources and current historical scholarship to offer secondary readers and researchers a comprehensive and well-written history. He covers the entire Atlantic slave trade era, from the 1400s to the final abolition of chattel slavery in the New World in 1888. The focus is on Africa and the entire New World. While he describes the many horrors of the Middle Passage, he also examines how the slave trade contributed to the development of the modern international economy. The last chapters discuss the efforts to abolish the slave trade and its legacy. Throughout, Postma documents the sources that support his discussion and conclusions. Chapter notes are supplemented by an extensive annotated bibliography that includes books, articles, films, and electronic resources. The volume concludes with biographical sketches of important people and excerpts from primary documents written by enslaved Africans and white officials. The black-and-white reproductions of period illustrations add little to the text. This title is more comprehensive than R. G. Grant's The African-American Slave Trade (Barron's, 2003) and deserves a place in all collections.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813029061
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events 1500-1900 Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,308,053
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Johannes Postma is emeritus professor of history at Minnesota State University, author of The Dutch in the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1815, and co-editor of Riches from Atlantic Commerce: Dutch Transatlantic Trade and Shipping, 1585-1817.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Series Foreword ix
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Chronology of Events xvii
Chapter 1 Forced Migration from Africa: An Overview 1
Chapter 2 Dreadful Journeys to a New World 19
Chapter 3 The Statistics: Origins, Destinations, and Mortality 33
Chapter 4 Trade in People: Profits, Losses, and Consequences 51
Chapter 5 The Struggle to End the Atlantic Slave Trade 63
Chapter 6 The Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade 77
Biographical Sketches: Significant Persons in the Atlantic Slave Trade 87
Primary Documents of the Atlantic Slave Trade 105
Glossary of Terms 153
Select and Annotated Bibliography 155
Index 167
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