This seminar will focus on a phenomenon which bound together four continents, touched millions of lives, and ultimately created pathways of globalization. The trans-Atlantic slave trade has been studied intensively for decades, but new perspectives—and perhaps more important, new sources of information—have led scholars to question much of what we thought we knew. We will examine what the trade meant for Europe, Africa, and the Americas, how it came about, operated, and finally ended. It will also touch briefly on slave systems in the Americas, and the effects of the slave trade around the Atlantic.
Seminar led by Michael Tuck, Northeastern Illinois University