David Brion Davis discusses American and British Slave Trade Abolition as the keynote speaker at an Emory University conference, "Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database and the Bicentennial of the End of the Slave Trade, 1808-2008," on December 5, 2008. Davis presents political, ideological, religious, and economic factors that led to the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Visit the database at: Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.
American and British Slave Trade Abolition in Perspective
Part 2: Davis discusses connections between enslaved African labor, trans-Atlantic trade, and emerging anti-slavery movements
Part 3: Davis discusses three major factors leading to US and British decisions to abolish the trade of enslaved Africans
Part 4: Davis explores decreasing support for the trade of enslaved Africans and impacts of the French and Haitian revolutions
Part 5: Davis discusses political and moral debates leading to the US abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in 1808
Part 6: Davis compares impacts of US and British decisions to abolish the trans-Atlantic slave trade
About David Brion Davis
Dr. David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus and founder and Director Emeritus of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author of The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, Slavery and Human Progress, Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World, and many other books. For his work, he has received the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, the American Historical Associations' Albert J. Beveridge Award, the National Book Award, and the 2004 Bruce Catton Prize of the Society of American Historians for lifetime achievement, among other awards and recognitions.
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Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
In Motion: The African American Migration Experience: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
An exhibition by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
David Brion Davis: The New York Review of Books
Online book reviews by David Brion Davis