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Part of Prentice Hall's Connection: Key Themes in World History series.
Written based on the author's annual course on slave trade, Captives as Commodities examines three key themes: 1) the African context surrounding the Atlantic slave trade, 2) the history of the slave trade itself, and 3) the changing meaning of race and racism. The author draws recent scholarship to provide students with an understanding of Atlantic slave trade.
The Slave Trade and the Western World
Ways of Studying the Slave Trade
Overview of the Atlantic Slave Trade
The Old World Background to New World Slavery
The Maritime Revolution and European Trade with Africa
Chapter 1: Why did Europeans Buy African Slaves?
Origins: Economics or Racism
Early Labor Demand in the New World
Northern Europeans and the Expansion of the Slave Trade
The 18th Century Peak of the Slave Trade
Slavery and Racism
Chapter 2: Why Did Africans Sell Slaves?
The Slave Trade, Wealth, and Power in Africa
The First Two Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Slave Exports from Africa
Expansion of the Trade
Effects of the Slave Trade on Africa
Chapter 3: How Did Enslaved People Cope?
The Henrietta Marie
Passages on Land
Passages at Sea
African Cultures in the New World
Chapter 4: How Did the Slave Trade End?
Profits and the Slave Trade
Ideology and Revolution
Antislavery in the United Kingdom
Revolution in St. Domingue
Final Slave Trade Abolition
What Explains British Antislavery?
Epilogue: Making Connections: Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade
The Slave Trade in Modern Memory
The Americas — The West Indies & Cuba
Racism in the Americas
Slavery in the Contemporary World
The Big Lessons