Middle Passages: Documents

July 31 to August 7, 2011
University of York, Yorkshire, England

Sponsored by: The History Department of the University of York
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University
and The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History

2011 Online Documents

Bibliography for Further Reading

Teacher Presentations

Slavery Project Booklet (Johnson Nyarko)
Middle Passage Puzzle

Why did the abolitionists produce these artifacts? Our Not So Brilliant Presentation
John Barbot: A Description of the Coasts of North and South Guinea (1732)

Was 2007 Bi-centenary worth commemorating?

The Middle Passage

“Les tam-tam de l’Afrique,” by IAM
Lyrics (English translation)
“Fils de Cham’ (Ham’s son)”

Saturday, Aug 6, 2011

Legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (Smallwood)

United Nations Human Development Report (2010)

Friday, Aug 5, 2011

Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade in the Americas (Stephanie Smallwood)

Thursday, Aug 4, 2011

International Slavery Museum

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011

Ships, Crews, and Cargoes (Stephanie Smallwood)

Documents related to Andrew Payne’s Workshop:
Andrew Payne’s Powerpoint (with suggested online resources)
An Address to the Slave Population of the Island of Barbados
An Address to the Slave Population of the Island of Barbados (jumbled text)
Flag from the Barbados Slave Revolt
The 1816 Revolt in Barbados: An Exchange in Barbados Newsletters
Bussa’s Rebellion. Lesson Plan (The National Archives)

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011

Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

Harewood House

Monday, Aug 1, 2011

Introduction and Overview: Why Slavery, Why Africans? (Stephanie Smallwood)

Slavery in Africa (Dmitri van den Bersselaar)

2010 Online Documents

James Walvin’s primary documents

Online documents related to the Amistad incident.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

Primary Documents for Stephanie Smallwood’s lecture “Ships, Crews, and Cargoes” (August 4, 2010):

  1. Joseph Manesty, Letters to John Bannister and Joseph Harrison, 1745
  2. Instructions to Captain Samuel Kempthorne, 1686
  3. Whydah (“Whiddah”) Cargo for East India Merchant, 1693
  4. Account of Slaves Purchased aboard Sarah Bonadventure, 1677
  5. Bill of Lading for Slave Cargo aboard Speedwell, 1689
  6. Account of Sale of Slaves aboard Sarah Bonadventure, Jamaica, 1677 (3pp)

Robert Blachford and the Slave Trade (Carisbrooke Castle Museum)

Marc Brasof, Victor Addison and Gabby Blum’s Links

Marc’s Ghana Presentation (Keynote document)
Marc’s Visual Discovery Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Powerpoint Presentation
Ghana Exchange Project
Being “We the People”: Afghanistan, America and the Minority Imprint (National Constitution Center)
Being We the People (Shutterfly)

A Voyage Throsugh the Worlds of the Slave Trade – Online resources related to Bob Harms’s The Diligent.

The African Burial Ground: Return to the Past to Build the Future
African Burial Ground National Monument
Examination Days: The New York African Free School Collection
Slavery in New York (The New-York Historican Society)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

National Archives Document Analysis Forms