Slavery: A Map

Nothing produces a catharsis like confronting your demons head-on, and the good folks at Yale University have just published a detailed, deeply thought-provoking book that rips the Band-Aid off of our collective slave trading past once and for all.

Entitled Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the book is admirably transparent in its intentions from the outset. Authors David Eltis and David Richardson drew on a rich online database of research on the transatlantic slave trade’s 350-year history, and commissioned more than 189 maps to provide visual and geographical context. Read more about the book and the ongoing project it grew out of at

Image Reference Millerenc2, as shown on, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and University of Virginia Library. Paul Finkelman and Joseph Miller, eds., Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery (New York, 1998), vol. 1, p. xlvii. (Reproduction courtesy of Macmillan Reference USA, an Imprint of the Gale Group, a Thomson Learning Company)


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  1. Julia

    Since I moved into my current home, a renovated slave quarter, I’ve attempted to find out more about my home’s previous “tenants.” What is so distressing is how little documentation exists on the people who remain nameless and faceless. In order to find out more out these previous inhabitants I literally have had to resort to dig up their long buried trash piles to develop some notion of what their lives were like. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, I’ll have to add it to my B&N wishlist.

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