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

Jerome S. Handler, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Michael L. Tuite, Jr.
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This collection provides more than 800 images from the period of the Atlantic Slave Trade depicting slave life in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. The images include maps, photographs, newspapers, portraits, and a few short written accounts. Together, they showcase all aspects of the slave trade and slave life. The works are divided into 18 categories for browsing. The first sections contain maps of Africa and images of precolonial Africa; the middle sections display slave forts, ships, and slave auctions; and the last sections show slave family life, religion, music and dance, plantation scenes, and a few images from the emancipation period. One section contains 59 portraits of slaves, most of whom are identified by name. The works are usually by artists from Europe and the Americas and are taken from books, magazines, and newspapers. All images are accompanied by short descriptive information—artist, date and source of original publication. The site is fully searchable and all images enlarge to full screen.

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