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Late 18th century handbill

Advertisement for Slave Sale, Charleston, South Carolina, 1760

Source: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-10293. See www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. Image reference: HO21.

The Atlantic slave trade in historical perspective

The Atlantic slave trade was a historical event of great import and far-reaching consequences. Whether they wished it or not, few people who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries could avoid being touched in some way by the powerful economic forces, violence and wide-spread social dislocations occasioned by the slave trade. Stretching from the Gold Coast to the Americas and from the Horn of Africa to the far-flung corners of Asia — millions of people were caught up in the upheaval. The sheer scale and scope of the Atlantic slave trade make it one of the most intriguing yet complicated topics to research. This guide is an attempt to simplify the research process by offering a few useful tips and introducing students to a wide-range of primary and secondary resources of relevance to the study of the slave trade. 

Images of the Atlantic Slave Trade