This is the first encyclopedia devoted to the Middle Passage and the experiences of the slaves on these trans-Atlantic ships.
Toyin Falola is Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas, Austin, and a proflific editor and author. Some of his books include Culture and Customs of Nigeria (Greenwood, 2000) and Key Events in African History (Greenwood, 2002).Amanda Warnock is a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas, Austin.
"[A]rranged alphabetically into a volume of encyclopedic entries,
all pertaining to some aspect of the Middle Passage or the broader
trans-Atlantic slave trade. The well-written entries are expected
to be accessible to a wide range of readers of different interests
and levels of education. Most noteworthy about the volume, however,
is its attention to a wide spectrum of topics. Carefully-selected
eighty contributors have authored entries, which span from a
paragraph to several pages....[A]n important reference manual and a
useful starting point for researchers interested in the study of
the trans-Atlantic slave trade." - African and Asian
"Falola and Warnock, a doctoral candidate in history at the university, provide an encyclopedia that contains entries relating to the Middle Passage of the slave trade, covering the route from Africa to the Americas during the fifteenth to nineteenth century. The 228 entries are on topics concerning abolition, art, literature, film, the demographic characteristics of slaves, documenting and memorializing the slave trade, financing, mortality, execution of the trade, slave experiences, ethnicity, key people, places, and ships and shipping." - Reference & Research and Book News
"All in all, a substantial book, useful for students and general readers alike." - Reference Reviews
"More than 80 contributors, a brief chronology, numerous illustrations, and substantial bibliographies support this scholarly treatment of an important topic. This excellent guide will serve high school, public and academic library audiences." - Lawrence Looks at Books