James Walvin is an expert guide to the origins, development, eventual abolition, and legacies of the slave trade, focusing on the experiences of those who lived through slavery. The ten facsimile documents include plans and logs of slave ships and auction sale notices as well as private letters and emancipation proclamations. A wealth of evocative images—photographs, paintings, objects, and contemporary maps—give further insight into the horrors and global impact of the transatlantic slave trade.
James Walvin is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of York in England and an authority on the slave trade. His recent books include The Trader, the Owner, the Slave; A Short History of Slavery; and The Slave Trade.