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Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade - Eltis, David; Richardson, David; Blight, David W; Davis, David Brion - Yale University Press
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The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

  • David Eltis and David Richardson; Foreword by David Brion Davis; Afterword by David W. Blight
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Winner of the 2010 R.R. Hawkins Award, given by the Association of American Publishers

Winner of the PROSE Award for Excellence in Single Volume Reference/Humanities and Social Sciences catergory, as given by the Association of American Publishers

Received Honorable Mention for the 2011 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference

Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction category of the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival

Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Awards in the non-fiction category

Recipient of the 2011 San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention in History

Received Honorable Mention in the 2011 New York Book Festival Non-Fiction Category

Winner of the 2011 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic history, as given by the American Historical Association.

David Eltis and David Richardson, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade won the 2011-12 Louis Gottschalk Prize given by the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. This prize is for an outstanding historical or critical study on the eighteenth century and carries an award of $1,000. Louis Gottschalk (1899-1975) second President of ASECS, President of the American Historical Association, and for many years Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, exemplified in his scholarship the humanistic ideals that this award is meant to encourage.

Watch Yale University Press Director, John Donatich, accept the R.R. Hawkins Award for The Atlas at the 2010 PROSE Awards

Between 1501 and 1867, the transatlantic slave trade claimed an estimated 12.5 million Africans and involved almost every country with an Atlantic coastline. In this extraordinary book, two leading historians have created the first comprehensive, up-to-date atlas on this 350-year history of kidnapping and coercion. It features nearly 200 maps, especially created for the volume, that explore every detail of the African slave traffic to the New World. The atlas is based on an online database (www.slavevoyages.org) with records on nearly 35,000 slaving voyages—roughly 80 percent of all such voyages ever made. Using maps, David Eltis and David Richardson show which nations participated in the slave trade, where the ships involved were outfitted, where the captives boarded ship, and where they were landed in the Americas, as well as the experience of the transatlantic voyage and the geographic dimensions of the eventual abolition of the traffic. Accompanying the maps are illustrations and contemporary literary selections, including poems, letters, and diary entries, intended to enhance readers’ understanding of the human story underlying the trade from its inception to its end.

This groundbreaking work provides the fullest possible picture of the extent and inhumanity of one of the largest forced migrations in history.

David Eltis is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History and principal investigator, Electronic Slave Trade Database Project, Emory University. The author of The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas, he lives in Atlanta. David Richardson is director, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, and professor of economic history, University of Hull, England. He serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Slave Trade Database Project and lives in England. Together, the authors coedited Extending the Frontiers: Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database.

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