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Emory Brings Slave Trade Database to the Web

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Emory Brings Slave Trade Database to the Web

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Emory University scholars were recently awarded grants to make accessible and free on the Internet a mammoth database of the voyages of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

The scholars received $324,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities and $25,000 from Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research to revise and expand a CD-ROM database of 27,000 slave trade voyages called "The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade," originally made available in 1999.

"This resource is more than a capstone to half a century of research" says Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard's DuBois Institute. "It is a way of marrying scholarship with the wide general interest in the slave trade that has developed."

Dr. David Eltis, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory and one of the creators of the original database, is directing the project along with Martin Halbert, director of digital programs and systems for Emory's libraries. Eltis, who has been a research associate at the DuBois Institute since 1993, is the author of Economic Growth and The Ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas.

"Everyone wants to know where their antecedents came from, and certainly Europeans have been more thoroughly covered by historians," Eltis says. …

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