The Transatlantic Slave Trade | Newberry

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Led by Dr. Richard Bell
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Three sessions, Thursdays, August 5 - August 19

6 - 7:30pm (Central Time)

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Seminar Description

Between the early fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, the transatlantic slave trade became the largest forced migration in human history. This three-part course explores the rise of the transatlantic slave trade from a new perspective. After a stage-setting first session examining the origin of the trade and its connection to the Royal African Company--a seventeenth-century English trading firm that operated in West Africa--the remaining sessions turn the conventional approach upside down, focusing on the varieties of African resistance to the transatlantic slave trade.

Three sessions. Registration – $125

Richard Bell is a professor of history at the University of Maryland and the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, which was shortlisted for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

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