The Atlantic Slave Trade: Effects on Economies, Societies and Peoples in Africa, the Americas, and Europe
Debates over the economic, social, and political meaning of slavery and the slave trade have persisted for over two hundred years. The Atlantic Slave Trade brings clarity and critical insight to the subject. In fourteen essays, leading scholars consider the nature and impact of the transatlantic slave trade and assess its meaning for the people transported and for those who owned them.
Among the questions these essays address are: the social cost to Africa of this forced migration; the role of slavery in the economic development of Europe and the United States; the short-term and long-term effects of the slave trade on black mortality, health, and life in the New World; and the racial and cultural consequences of the abolition of slavery. Some of these essays originally appeared in recent issues of Social Science History; the editors have added new material, along with an introduction placing each essay in the context of current debates.
Based on extensive archival research and detailed historical examination, this collection constitutes an important contribution to the study of an issue of enduring significance. It is sure to become a standard reference on the Atlantic slave trade for years to come.
Contributors. Ralph A. Austen, Ronald Bailey, William Darity, Jr., Seymour Drescher, Stanley L. Engerman, David Barry Gaspar, Clarence Grim, Brian Higgins, Jan S. Hogendorn, Joseph E. Inikori, Kenneth Kiple, Martin A. Klein, Paul E. Lovejoy, Patrick Manning, Joseph C. Miller, Johannes Postma, Woodruff Smith, Thomas Wilson
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Introduction Gainers and Losers in the Atlantic Slave Trade
The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on the Societies of the Western Sudan
Keeping Slaves in Place The Secret Debate on the Slavery Question in Northern Nigeria 19001904
The Numbers Origins and Destinations of Slaves in the EighteenthCentury Angolan Slave Trade
The Slave Trade The Formal Demography of a Global System
Slavery and the Revolution in Cotton Textile Production in England
Private Tooth Decay as Public Economic Virtue The SlaveSugar Triangle Consumerism and European Industrialization
The Slavery Trade and the Development of Capitalism in the United States The Textile Industry in New England
The Dispersal of African Slaves in the West by Dutch Slave Traders 16301803
Slave Importation Runaways and Compensation in Antigua 17201729
Mortality Caused by Dehydration during the Middle Passage
The Possible Relationship between the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Hypertension in Blacks Today
The Ending of the Slave Trade and the Evolution of European Scientific Racism
British Industry and the West Indies Plantations