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Slavery & the African diaspora reading list

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Birmingham, David. Trade and Empire in the Atlantic , 1400-1600, 2000. Routledge

Burnside, Madeleine. Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century. ed. Rosemarie Robotham. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997

Feelings, Tom. The Middle Passage. New York: Dial Press, 1995

Mannix, Daniel P. and Malcolm Cowley. Black Cargoes: A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1518-1865. New York: Viking Press, 1962

Svalese, Leif. The Slave Ship Fredensborg. Indiana University Press, 2000

Thomas, Hugh. The Slave Trade: A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440-1870. London, Papermac, 1998

Britain, Empire and Slave Trade

Armitage, David. The Ideological Origins of the British Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2000

Armitage, David and Michael J. Braddick, eds., The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002

Hall, Catherine ed. Cultures of empire: Colonizers in Britain and the empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A reader. Manchester University Press, 2000

Law, Robin, David Ryden, and John Oldfield, The British Transatlantic Slave Trade, 4 vols. Pickering and Chatto, 2003

Martin, Steve I. Britain and the Slave Trade. Channel 4 Books, 1999

Morgan, Kenneth. Slavery, Atlantic Trade and the British Economy, 1660-1800. Cambridge University Press, 2001

Walvin, James. Britain's Slave Empire. Tempus, 2000

The African Diaspora

Bach, Rebecca Ann. Colonial Transformations: The Cultural Production of the New Atlantic World, 1580-1640. Palgrave Macmillan, 2000

Bygott, David, Black and British. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. [a book for younger readers]

Conniff, Michael L., and Thomas J. Davis, eds. Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black Diaspora. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994

Conrad, Robert E. ed. Children of God's Fire: Documentary History of Black Slavery in Brazil. Penn State University Press, 1994

Curto, Jose C. and Paul E. Lovejoy. eds. Enslaving Connections: Changing Cultures of Africa and Brazil During the Era of Slavery. Prometheus Books, 2003

David P. Geggus, ed., The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. University of South Carolina Press, 2001

Gomez, Michael A. Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora. Cambridge University Press, 2004

Gragg, Larry. Englishmen Transplanted: The English Colonization of Barbados, 1627-1660. Oxford University Press, 2003

Jalloh, Alusine, and Stephen E. Maizlish, eds. The African Diaspora. Texas A&M University Press, 1996

Shepherd, Verene A. ed., Slavery without Sugar: Diversity in Caribbean Economy and Society since the 17th Century. University Press of Florida, 2002

Thornton, John K. Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1500-1680. (2nd ed.) New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Gender and the Slave Trade

Robertson, Claire, and Martin Klein, eds. Women and Slavery in Africa. University of Wisconsin Press, 1983

Scully, Pamela and Diana Paton, Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World. Duke University Press, 2005

Wright, Marcia. Strategies of Slaves and Women: Life-Stories from East/Central Africa. Lilian Barber Press, 1993.

Africa and the Slave Trade

Boubacar Barry, Senegambia and the Atlantic Slave Trade. Cambridge University Press, 1998

Clarke, John Henrik. Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism. A&B Distributors, 2002

Diop, Cheikh Anta. Precolonial Black Africa: A Comparative Study of the Political and Social Systems of Europe and Black Africa. New York, Lawrence Hill, 1987

Eltis, David. The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas. Cambridge University Press, 1999

P.E.H. Hair. Africa Encountered: European Contacts and Evidence, 1450-1700. Variorum, 1997

Law, Robin. The Slave Coast of West Africa 1550-1750: The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on an African Society. London: Oxford University Press, 1991

Manning, Patrick. Slavery and African Life: Occidental, Oriental, and African Slave Trades. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990

McGrath, Simon, Charles Jedrej, Kenneth King, and Jack Thompson, eds. Rethinking African History. Edinburgh: Centre of African Studies, 1997

David Northrup, Africa's Discovery of Europe, 1450 to 1850 (Oxford University Press, 2002)

Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Howard University Press; Revised edition, 1981.

Exhibition catalogues

Africas: the artist and the city - a journey and an exhibition. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 2001

Bailey, David A. and Sonia Boyce, eds. Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain. Duke University Press, 2005

Corrin, Lisa G., ed. Mining the Museum: an installation by Fred Wilson. Baltimore: Contemporary, 1994

Fim de Romance: Christine Meisner/ Olivier Menanteau. Actes Sud & Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, 2005. (ISBN 2-7427-5582-9)

Fisher, Jean, ed. Global Visions: towards a new internationalism in the visual arts. London : Kala Press in association with the Institute of International Visual Arts, 1994

Weaver, Suzanne. Fred Wilson: the spiral of art history. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1993

Golden, Thelma, ed. Frequency. Studio Museum in Harlem, 2005. (ISBN 0-942949-30-7)

Hassan, Salah and Iftikhar Dadi, ed. Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, 2001

Himid, Lubaina. Naming the Money. Hatton Gallery: University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2004. (ISBN 0-7017-0166-8)

Mercer, Kobena. Keith Piper. Institute of International Visual Arts (InIVA), 1997

Njami, Simon, ed. Africa Remix: Contemporary art of a continent. Hayward Gallery, London, 2005

Stokes Sims, Lowery. Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery. New York Historical Society, 2006

Thomas, Velma Maia. Lest We Forget: the Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation: A Three-Dimensional Interactive Book with Photographs and Documents from the Black Holocaust Exhibit. Crown, 1997

Tibbles, Anthony, ed. Transatlantic Slavery: Against Human Dignity. London: National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, 1995.


Anstey, Roger. The Atlantic Slave Trade and British Abolition, 1760-1810. London: Macmillan, 1975

Blackburn, Robin. The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery 1776-1848. London: Verso, 1988

Brown, Christopher Leslie. Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism. University of North Carolina Press, 2006

Carrington, Seywyn H. The Sugar Industry and the Abolition of Slave Trade, 1775-1810. University Press of Florida, 2002

Drescher, Seymour. From Slavery to Freedom: Comparative Studies in the Rise and Fall of Atlantic Slavery. London: Macmillan Press, 1999

Eltis, David and James Walvin, eds. The Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Origins and Effects in Europe, Africa and the Americas. University of Wisconsin Press, 1981.

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