Slavery and Slave Trade

Slave Trade, Slavery and Abolition




Encyclopaedica Britannica's Guide to Black History

  • Extensive chapter on Slavery.

BBC "The Story of Africa"

  • Subsection on Slavery which provides a good introduction to the origins and the development of slave trade and slavery. There is also audivisual material, as well as a section with useful and interesting links. Another relevant BBC website is one on"Slavery in Islam" which looks at the history of Arabian slave trade.

Curtin, Philip D.; Lovejoy, Paul E. Africans in bondage : studies in slavery and the slave trade. Madison: African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin, 1986.

PBS: Africans in America

  • America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts. For each era, you'll find a historical Narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a Teacher's Guide for using the content of the Web site and television series in U.S. history courses (Website)


AUDIO: "Free at Last"(BBC Worldservice, 2007).

  • The three part documentary series investigates the unexplored history of black and African resistance to slavery. 

Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation

  • Website edited by Brycchan Carey offers resources for the study of slavery, abolition, and emancipation. Its focus lies on British abolitionists, black writers in 18th century Britain (Olaudah Equiano, Ottobah Cugoano, and Ignatius Sancho) and poems about slavery.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

  • has a special website which collects all online sources on the Amistad case in which a group of Africans secured their freedom twice, once through violent struggle and once through the U.S. Courts, and returned home.

The Abolition Project

  • This site looks at the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Thomas Clarkson and his fellow abolitionists who fought for emancipation of enslaved Africans in the British colonies.

Slave Resistance: A Caribbean Study 

  • This well made website is the product of the University of Miami students who took the Spring 2000 edition of History 300: "Caribbean: Slavery and Resistance."


Bristol and Translatlantic Slavery

  • This well designed website contains detailed information on Bristol's involvement in the slave trade era. It is a a further development of the 1999 exhibition "A Respectable Trade? Bristol & Transatlantic Slavery" at the Bristol City Museum



  • Partnership project of eight museums from the region of Manchester. Deals with British slavery in 7 thematic strands and combines digital images of historical artefacts, essays, and videos. 


'Breaking the Silence'

  • ASPnet education project designed to provide teachers with a variety of resources and ideas about how to teach the subject holistically, accurately and truthfully. It aims to represent the voices that are not usually heard.(website)

PBS: Africans in America

  • See above; website contains a Teacher's Guide for using the content of the Web site and television series in U.S. history courses (Website)

 Anti-Slavery International

  • Anti-Slavery International's education programme promotes human rights in schools, colleges and youth clubs throughout the United Kingdom .

Historical Documents

Recovered Histories

  • Resources for those interested in studying the Transatlantic Slave Trade. and starting point for those who have little or no knowledge of Britain’s involvement in the trafficking of Africans and the abolition movement. Key narratives have been identified, enabling the reader to easily navigate through the texts thematically (Africa, Capture and Enslavement etc) , whilst background pages provide context, activities encourage understanding, and a glossary explains unfamiliar terminology. (website)

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

  • The approximately 1,235 images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World. (website)

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

  • Result of an immense research effort to record slaving voyages. So far, over 35000 voages have been recorded. The data is not only availabe for expert research (e.g. for ship names, captains, etc.) but has been processed for general use in the form of interactive graphics and essays.