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Origins of the Black Atlantic

Edited by Laurent Dubois (NHC Fellow, 2008–09; 2016–17) and Julius S. Scott

Transatlantic Slave Trade; Slavery; Enslaved Persons; Historiography; African American History; American History; African Americans; Caribbean History; South American History; Latin American History; Caribbean; Latin America; Central America; South America

New York: Routledge, 2010

From the publisher’s description:

Between 1492 and 1820, about two-thirds of the people who crossed the Atlantic to the Americas were Africans. With the exception of the Spanish, all the European empires settled more Africans in the New World than they did Europeans. The vast majority of these enslaved men and women worked on plantations, and their labor was the foundation for the expansion of the Atlantic economy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Until relatively recently, comparatively little attention was paid to the perspectives, daily experiences, hopes, and especially the political ideas of the enslaved who played such a central role in the making of the Atlantic world. Over the past decades, however, huge strides have been made in the study of the history of slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic world. This collection brings together some of the key contributions to this growing body of scholarship, showing a range of methodological approaches, that can be used to understand and reconstruct the lives of these enslaved people.

History / Transatlantic Slave Trade / Slavery / Enslaved Persons / Historiography / African American History / American History / African Americans / Caribbean History / South American History / Latin American History / Caribbean / Latin America / Central America / South America /

Dubois, Laurent (NHC Fellow, 2008–09; 2016–17), ed. Origins of the Black Atlantic. Edited by Laurent Dubois and Julius S. Scott. Rewriting Histories. New York: Routledge, 2010.