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the guide to historical resources • Issue 12: Slavery •


A colour illustration of a slave woman chained to a weight

A slave woman chained to a weight.

From John Gabriel Stedman, Narrative, of a Five Years' Expedition, against the revolted Negroes of Surinam . . . from the year 1772, to 1777 (London, 1796), vol. 1, p. 15.

Source: The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record, Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite Jr.


This issue of History in Focus looks at the history of slavery and the resources available to study it. To find issues on other topics, go to our home page.

In this issue:

  • articles: eight original articles on the history of slavery.
  • websites: websites about slavery, reviewed by the In Focus editorial team.
  • book reviews: reviews of major books on slavery.
  • bibliography: key books on the history of slavery, listed by publisher, with book summaries and links to publishers' pages. Special offers are available to History in Focus readers on many of these books.
  • research: details of PhD theses about slavery, and university teachers interested in this topic.
  • more resources: museums and archives with information about slavery in history.

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