Resource of the Week: Slave Voyages

Resource:       Slave Voyages

Provider:        Emory University

URL:                   http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces

Review by:     Tiena Candia

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database was created as an effort to inform the public of the coercion of African peoples into slavery between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The site is largely funded and supported by the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard, and has acquired data from various universities around the world. This interactive site contains information on approximately 35,000 slave voyages, and provides everyone with the opportunity to create maps, charts, and tables by manipulating information on the database. “Slave Voyages” also has a database containing the identities of over 67,000 slaves, including their name, age, height, and ship they were aboard. In addition, there are a number of lesson plans and educational resources dedicated to informing secondary school students on the Atlantic Slave Trade. All of the lessons provided follow the national standards set by the National Center for History in the Schools and the National Council for the Social Studies. For those who wish to examine the Slave Trade even further, there is an additional link containing academic essays and quantitative analysis written by historians and researchers.

See our Archive of Past Resources of the Week.

Reviews of teaching resources are for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the Center for History Teaching & Learning, the UTEP History Department, or the University of Texas at El Paso. Reviews are published during the academic year.

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