Spring 2022

Research Seminar in the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-363  |  History, as HIST-463  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-463


Russell Lohse (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 363 [CLA], HIST 463 [AF/TC/TE/TS/TR/P] and LLAS 463) In this course students will consult, analyze, and employ a variety of sources, including the accounts of missionaries, journals of slave traders, the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, and the few available slave narratives written by Africans. Students will be presented with the tools to write original research on topics including the involvement of Western African societies in the slave trade, the logistics of the Middle Passage, characteristics of the captives transported from Africa to the Americas, and the Africans' own experiences of the Middle Passage and adaptation to the slave régimes of the Americas. Students will write a series of short assignments leading up to a major research paper of 20-25 pages.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Lohse.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students will be evaluated on a series of short assignments leading up to a major research paper of 20-25 pages. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Dreams of Africa in Alabama Oxford University Press Diouf, Sylviane Amherst Books TBD
Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Yale University Press Eltis, David & David Richardson Amherst Books TBD
The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare University of North Carolina Press Kelley, Sean Amherst Books TBD
Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage University of Illinois Press Mustakeem, Sowande Amherst Books TBD
Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora Harvard University Press Smallwood, Stephanie Amherst Books TBD
Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations University of Chicago Press Turabian, Kate Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022