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The Atlantic Slave Trade


Christopher Brown, Instructor 

This seminar will provide an introduction to the international dimensions of the Atlantic slave trade (1450-1867) by exploring its organization in Western Europe, its conduct across a varied political and economic landscape in Africa, and its dispersal of African captives across the Americas. The discussion will place special emphasis on the experience of capture, enslavement, resistance, and exile among the victims of the trade. It also will consider how and why the Atlantic slave trade came to an end during the middle decades of the nineteenth century.
Christopher Brown is a Professor of History and the Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. His publications include Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age, co-edited with Philip Morgan, and Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism, which received the James Rawley Prize in Atlantic History, the Morris D. Korkosch Prize in British History, and the Frederick Douglass Prize. At the Cullman Center, he is writing a book on European and African relations along the Senegal and Ga
mbia Rivers in the era of the Atlantic slave trade.




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