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Slave Voyages: Engaging the Digital in Education

Digital Humanities; Transatlantic Slave Trade; Slavery; Middle Passage; Forced Displacement

Nafees M. Khan (Content Developer, Ralph Appelbaum Associates; Operational Committee, Slave Voyages Consortium)

February 1, 2024

Advisor: Rachelle Friedman, NHC Teacher Advisory Council

The Transatlantic Slave Trade was the largest forced migration in human history, wherein an estimated 12.5 million Africans were sold into bondage. Unfortunately, the slave trade often only receives limited coverage in either school curricula or in public memory, inhibiting students’ understanding of this episode in history. Within the United States, school history textbooks generally provide information about the slave trade that is overly simplistic, misleading, or inaccurate, resulting in a decontextualized presentation of the history of the trade.

Since its initial web launch in 2008, Slave Voyages database (now maintained by the Slave Voyages Consortium) has served as an invaluable digital resource for historians, genealogists, and particularly, teachers at various grade levels who have incorporated information into their classrooms and lessons. The site has not only made available tens of thousands of records on the trade, but also visualizations that can augment our understanding of human trafficking. This webinar will engage participants in the historical connections of the slave trade and the African Diaspora, including linkages with different African regions from where enslaved Africans were taken.


History / Education Studies / Digital Humanities / Transatlantic Slave Trade / Slavery / Middle Passage / Forced Displacement /


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