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The Transatlantic Slave Trade


A selection of titles for adults to accompany the resources produced by The University of Nottingham for the Nottingham Schools and Transatlantic Slavery Project.  Reading can be a great way to learn about racism and equality.

Special collections available at Radford/Lenton and Hyson Green libraries.  Titles are also available from other libraries or can be requested through click and collect.

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Slavery: the History and Legacy of One of the World’s Most Brutal Institutions by Walvin, James

James Walvin tells the story of one of the world’s most brutal and enduring institutions and explains how it helped shape the modern world in ways most of us scarcely understand.

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A Brief History of Slavery by Black, Jeremy   

A thought-provoking book that raises essential issues crucial not only for our past but also the present day.

In this panoramic history, Jeremy Black tells how slavery was first developed in the ancient world, and reaches all the way to the present day and the contemporary crimes of trafficking and bonded labour.

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Barracoon: the story of the last slave by Hurston, Zora Neale

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, to interview 95-year-old Cudjo Lewis.

Of the millions of men, women and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation’s history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo’s firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage 50 years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.

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Resistance, Rebellion and Revolt: How slavery was overthrown by Walvin, James

In this readable work, Walvin focuses not on abolitionism or the brutality and suffering of slavery, but on resistance, the resistance of the enslaved themselves – from sabotage and absconding to full-blown uprisings – and its impact in overthrowing slavery.

He also looks that whole Atlantic world, including the Spanish Empire and Brazil.

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Sugar in the Blood: a family’s story of slavery and empire by Stuart, Andrea

In the late 1630s, Andrea Stuart’s earliest known ancestor set sail from England, lured by the promise of the New World, to settle in Barbados where he fell by chance into the lucrative life of a sugar plantation owner.

Andrea Stuart tells a story of insatiable greed and forbidden love, of abuse and liberation.

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Spotlight on Nottingham’s Legacy of Slavery

These resources have been made available to support the teaching of the ‘Nottingham’s Legacies of Slavery’ project, which illuminates and explores the backgrounds of several locally commemorated individuals and prominent places.

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