Websites for the Atlantic Slave Trade

As I transcribe my notes from yesterday’s Shenandoah Valley conference, here’s something for your Sunday.  The first website comes from a review I found in the March, 2013 issue (Vol 99, No. 4) of The Journal of American History.  Christer Perley of the University of Southampton reviewed the site, “The Atlantic slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas:  A Visual Record” in that issue.  “This Web site is a vast archive of 1,280 images related to the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the Americas.  According to the creators, the collection ‘is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public.’  It does not seek to interpret the sources or offer extended commentary on their origins, nor does it enter into discussion of the accuracy or authenticity with which they represent any particular aspect of the slave trade or slavery.  Instead, the site provides users with basic information about the titles, creators, dates, and locations of each image.” [p. 1329]

Another database site is the “Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Voyages Database.”  This outstanding site, according to the site itself, “has information on more than 35,000 slave voyages that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.”  It’s very easy to use and provides a wealth of information on the slave voyages.

One site that offers more of a historical interpretation is from the Understanding Slavery Initiative.

PBS gives us some pretty good information, as well as the BBC and The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

For those who are looking for a quick primer, here’s a “Crash Course” episode on slavery and the slave trade.


One comment

  1. Got to love John Green. I went on a date several weeks ago to see the movie “Fault in Our Stars,” based on his best selling novel.

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