This survey is a synthesis of the economic, social, cultural and political history of the Atlantic slave trade. It provides the general reader with a basic understanding of the current state of scholarly knowledge of forced African migration and compares this knowledge to popular beliefs. This book makes accessible to academic readers an arcane and complex subject, but it also appeals to a much wider audience of lay readers who wish to broaden their knowledge of world history. The book examines the four hundred years of the Atlantic slave trade, covering the West and East African experiences, as well as all the American colonies and republics that obtained slaves from Africa. It outlines both the common features of this trade and the local differences that developed. It discusses the slave trade's economics, politics, demographic impact, and cultural implications in Africa and America. Finally, it places the slave trade in the context of world trade and examines the role it played in the growing relationship between Asia, Africa, Europe and America.
• Major synthesis of scholarship on the Atlantic slave trade • Highly political topic • Accessible to educated lay readers as well as academics and students
List of maps, figures and tables; Introduction; 1. Slavery in Western development; 2. American labor demand; 3. Africa at the time of the Atlantic slave trade; 4. The European organization of the slave trade; 5. The African organization of the slave trade; 6. The middle passage; 7. Social and cultural impact of the slave trade on America; 8. The end of the slave trade; Appendix tables; Bibliographic essay; Index.
'… this is a careful, well-written, accessible survey of an important global trade. It will satisfy experts in the field and will appeal to a wider lay audience as a perfect introduction to the subject.' Modern Language Review