The first book to provide a visual cartographic account of the whole story of slavery and the slave trade.
Walvin (history, Univ. of York; Questioning Slavery) here traces the history of slavery in the Americas from the 16th through the 19th century while also placing it in the broader context of the history of slavery in the Western Hemisphere. Twenty narrative chapters connect chronological, geographical, and topical themes in helpful divisions such as "Overland African Slave Routes," "Exploration and the Spread of Sugar," "Britain, Slavery and the Slave Trade" (this publication is of British origin), "Arrivals," "Brazil," "Cotton and the USA," "Slave Resistance," "Abolition and Emancipation," and "Slavery After Abolition." Throughout the text are 87 black-and-white line-drawn maps, rudimentary by atlas standards but certainly helpful in supporting Walvin's very informative writing. The maps begin with "Ancient Greece" and end with "The Extermination of European Jews, 1941-45." A chronology at the end of the book provides the historical time line of slavery in North and South America, starting with the first Africans in the Americas in 1502 and ending with the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888. Bottom Line Because the volume is as valuable for its narrative text as for its somewhat basic maps, librarians may prefer to place it in their general collections instead of in reference. It will be useful in public libraries, as well as high school and undergraduate history collections.-Judith Klamm, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.