Smithsonian Institution Libraries


TRANSATLANTIC SLAVERY
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Compiled by Shauna Collier
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History & Culture
Updated: January 2003

Bibliography Sections

Items marked with * are currently not in Smithsonian Institution Libraries' collections.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Bolster, W. Jeffrey. Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Burnside, Madeleine and Rosemarie Robotham, ed. Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

*Charles, Joan. Slave Ship Movement from 1744-1820: Compiled from Lloyd's List, London Times and Salem Mercury: In Narrative and Chart Form. Hampton, VA: Joan Charles, 1988.

Clarence-Smith, William Gervase. The Economics of the Indian Ocean Slave-Trade in the Nineteenth Century. London: Frank Cass, 1989.

Cottman, Michael H. The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie: An African American's Journey to Uncover a Sunken Slave Ship's Past. New York: Harmony Books, 1999.

Curtin, Philip D. and Paul E. Lovejoy, ed. Africans in Bondage: Studies in Slavery and the Slave Trade. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1986.

Curtin, Philip D. The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969.

Diedrich, Maria, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Carl Pedersen. Black Imagination and the Middle Passage. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Dow, George Francis. Slave Ships and Slaving. Cambridge, MA: Cornell Maritime Press, 1968.

*Eltis, David and James Walvin, eds. The Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Origins and Effects in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1981.

Eltis, David. Routes to Slavery: Direction, Ethnicity, and Mortality in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. London: Frank Cass, 1997.

*Faber, Eli. Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight. New York:
New York University Press, 1998.

Farrant, Leda. Tippu Tip and the East African Slave Trade. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1975.

Hair, Paul Edward Hedley. The Atlantic Slave Trade and Black Africa. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1989.

Harms, Robert W. The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade. New York: Basic Books, 2002.

Hogendorn, Jan S. The Shell Money of the Slave Trade. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Hogg, Peter C. The African Slave Trade and its Suppression: A Classified and Annotated Bibliography of Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Articles. London: Frank Cass, 1973.

Inikori, Joseph E. and Stanley L. Engerman, eds. The Atlantic Slave Trade: Effects on Economies, Societies, and Peoples in Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Durham, NC:
Duke University Press, 1992.

Jones, Howard. Mutiny on the "Amistad.": The Saga of a Slave Revolt and its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Klein, Herbert S. The Atlantic Slave Trade. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Kromer, Helen. Amistad: the Slave Uprising Aboard the Spanish Schooner. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 1997.

Law, Robin, ed. The English in West Africa, 1681-1683: The Local Correspondence of the Royal African Company of England, 1681-1699. Volume 1. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

*Law, Robin, ed. The English in West Africa, 1685-1688: The Local Correspondence of the Royal African Company in England, 1681-1699. Volume 2. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Law, Robin. The Slave Coast of West Africa, 1550-1750: The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on an African Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Linebaugh, Peter and Marcus Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.

McMillan, Beverly. Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press in association with The Mariners' Museum of Virginia, 2002.

Manning, Patrick. Slavery and African Life: Occidental, Oriental, and African Slave Trades. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society. A Slave Ship Speaks: the Wreck of the Henrietta Marie. Key West, FL: Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, 1995.

Postma, Johannes. The Dutch in the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1815. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Svalesen, Leif. The Slave Ship Fredensborg. Trans. Pat Shaw and Selena Winsnes. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.

Thomas, Hugh. The Slave Trade: the Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Tibbles, Anthony, ed. Transatlantic Slavery: Against Human Dignity. London: National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, 1994.

Walvin, James. Making the Black Atlantic: Britain and the African Diaspora.
New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 1999.

Wells, Tom Henderson. The Slave Ship Wanderer. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1968.


Bibliographies, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Appiah, Kwame Anthony and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. Africana: the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 1999.

*Finkelman, Paul and Joseph C. Miller, eds. Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery.
New York: Macmillan, 1998.

*Kujoory, Parvin. Black Slavery in America: An Annotated Mediagraphy. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1995.

Miller, Joseph Calder. Slavery and Slaving in World History: A Bibliography, 1900-1996. Volume One: 1900-1991; Volume Two: 1992-1996. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.

Miller, Randall M., and John D. Smith, eds. Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery. Updated ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997.

Rodriguez, Junius P., ed. The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery.
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, Inc., 1997.

 

Historiography

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.

Drescher, Seymour and Stanley L. Engerman, eds. A Historical Guide to World Slavery.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Kolchin, Peter. American Slavery: 1619-1877. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993.

Rose, Willie Lee, ed. A Documentary History of Slavery in North America. New York:
Oxford University Press, 1976.

Schneider, Dorothy and Carl J. Schneider. An Eyewitness History of Slavery in America.
New York: New York Facts on File, 2001.

Smith, John David. Slavery, Race, and American History: Historical Conflict, Trends, and Method, 1866-1953. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.

Tise, Larry E. Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1987.


Material Culture

Fry, Gladys-Marie. Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Ante-Bellum South.
2nd ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

McDonald, Roderick A. The Economy and Material Culture of Slaves: Goods and Chattels on the Sugar Plantations of Jamaica and Louisiana. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1993.

Vlach, John Michael. Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

Vlach, John Michael. The Planter's Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.


Narratives

Andrews, William L. and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. Pioneers of the Black Atlantic: Five Slave Narratives from the Enlightenment, 1772-1815. Washington, DC: Civitas, 1998.

Blassingame, John W. Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews and Autobiographies. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1977.

Conneau, Theophile. A Slaver's Log Book: Or 20 Years' Residence in Africa. New York: Avon Books, 1977.

Curtin, Philip De Armond, ed. Africa Remembered: Narratives by West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland press, 1997.

Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1995.

Gates, Henry Louis, ed. The Classic Slave Narratives. New York: Penguin, 1987.

Hill, Pascoe Grenfell. Fifty Days on Board a Slave-Vessel: In the Mozambique Channel, April and May 1843. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press, 1993.

Jacobs, Harriet A., and Jean F. Yellen, ed. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987.

*Nichols, Charles H. Many Thousand Gone: The Ex-Slaves' Account of Their Bondage and Freedom. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1969.

Stirling, James. Letters from the Slave States. London: John W. Parker & Son, 1857.

Taylor, Yuval. I Was Born A Slave: An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives.
Volume One, 1770-1849; Volume Two, 1849-1866
. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1999.

Weld, Theodore Dwight. American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses.
New York: Arno Press, 1968.


Religion

Boles, John B., ed. Masters and Slaves in the House of the Lord: Race and Religion in the American South, 1740-1870. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1988.

Cornelius, Janet Duitsman. "When I Can Read My Title Clear": Literacy, Slavery, and Religion in the Antebellum South. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

Creel, Margaret Washington. A Peculiar People: Slave Religion and Community Culture Among the Gullahs. New York: New York University Press, 1988.

McKivigan, John R. and Mitchell Snay. Religion and the Antebellum Debate Over Slavery. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1998.


Songs and Music

Allen, William Francis, Charles Pickard Ware, and Lucy McKim Garrison, eds.
Slave Songs of the United States. Reprint of 1st ed. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971.

Silverman, Jerry, comp. Slave Songs. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1994.

Thomas, Velma Maia. No Man Can Hinder Me: The Journey from Slavery to Emancipation Through Song. New York: Crown, 2001.


Women

*Andrews, William L., ed. Six Women's Slave Narratives. Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

*Bragg, Gail. An Historiography of American Slave Women. Lexington, KY: Vantage Information, 1984.

Fleischner, Jennifer. Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women's Slave Narratives. New York: New York University Press, 1996.

Gaspar, David Barry and Darlene Clark Hines, eds. More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.

Morton, Patricia, ed. Discovering the Women in Slavery: Emancipating Perspectives on the American Past. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996.

White, Deborah Gray. Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: Norton, 1985.

Young, Mary. All My Trials, Lord: Selections from Women's Slave Narratives.
New York: F. Watts, 1995.


African American History

Bennett, Lerone. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.

Franklin, John Hope and Alfred A. Moss, Jr. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. 8th ed. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2000.

Piersen, William D. From Africa to America: African American History from the Colonial Era to the Early Republic, 1526-1790. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Scott, William R. and William G. Shade, eds. Upon These Shores: Themes in the African-American Experience, 1600 to the Present. New York: Routledge, 2000.

*Wood, Peter H. Strange New Land: African Americans, 1617-1776. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.


General Works

Abraham, Arthur. The Amistad: An Historical Legacy of Sierra Leone and the United States. Freetown, Sierra Leone: United States Information Service, 1985.

*Beckles, Hilary and Verene Sheperd, eds. Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World.
Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1999.

DeCorse, Christopher R. An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast, 1400-1900. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.

*Drescher, Seymour. From Slavery to Freedom: Comparative Studies in the Rise and Fall of Atlantic Slavery. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

Eltis, David. The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Frey, Sylvia R. and Betty Wood. From Slavery to Emancipation in the Atlantic World. London: Frank Cass, 1999.

Genovese, Eugene. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York: Pantheon Books, 1974.

Huggins, Nathan Irvin. Black Odyssey: The African American Ordeal in Slavery. New York: Vintage Books, 1990.

Johnson, Charles Richard, Patricia Smith and WGBH Series Research Team. Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1998.

King, Wilma. Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.

*Lovejoy, Paul E. and Nicholas Rogers, eds. Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World. London: Frank Cass, 1994.

Meillassoux, Claude. The Anthropology of Slavery: The Womb of Iron and Gold. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Mullin, Michael. Africa in America: Slave Acculturation and Resistance in the American South and the British Caribbean, 1736-1831. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1992.

Ofosu-Appiah, L.H. Slavery: A Brief Survey. Accra, Ghana: Waterville Pub. House, 1969.

Patterson, Orlando. Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries. Washington, DC: Civitas/CounterPoint, 1998.

Patterson, Orlando. Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 1982.

Tadman, Michael. Speculators and Slaves: Masters, Traders, and Slaves in the Old South. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

Thomas, Velma Maia. Lest We Forget: the Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation. New York: Crown Publishers, 1997.

Thornton, John Kelly. Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

*Walvin, James. Britain's Slave Empire. Gloucestershire, Great Britain: Tempus Publishing, 2000.

Wood, Betty. The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies. New York: Hill and Wang, 1997.


Video

Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery. Written by Steve Fayer. Directed and produced by Orlando Bagwell, Susan Bellows, W. Noland Walker, Jacquie Jones, and Llewellyn Smith. WGBH Educational Foundation, 1998.

Goree: The Door of No Return. Written by Ann E. Johnson. Dir. Ann E. Johnson and
Robert Klein. Films for the Humanities, 1992.

Dark Passages. Executive producers Valerie F. Whitmore and Tanya Hart.
Black Entertainment Television, 1990. Distributed by PBS Video, 1995.

*The Middle Passage. Dir. Guy Deslauriers. Exec. Prod. Shelby Stone. HBO Home Videos, 2003.

*Ship of Slaves: The Middle Passage. Produced by Dreamworks/SKG. A&E Television Networks, 1997.


CD-ROM

Appiah, Kwame Anthony and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. Microsoft Encarta Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Corp., 1999.

Eltis, David, Stephen D. Behrendt, David Richardson, and Herbert S. Klein, eds. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-ROM. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.


Microfilm

Slavery in Ante-Bellum Southern Industries. Selections from the Duke University Library. Charles B. Dew and Randolph Boehm, eds. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1991 - <1996>.

Some Early Works on Slavery. Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and History.
Saint Paul, MN: 3M International Microfilm Press, 1969.

Amistad Case: Selected Letters (1839-1988) in the Baldwin Family Papers and Bacon Family Papers. New Haven, CT: Yale University Library, 1970.


Return to Previous Page