Researching the Transatlantic Slave Trade

High School Lesson Plan

Sept. 29, 2022, 5:56 p.m.

David Eltis

Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of History

High School LP Lesson Plan

Researching the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Author: Christine Kadonsky; David Eltis
Grade Level: 9th - 12th grade
Course: World History; US History
Key Words: Abolition; Slave Trade; United States; World History; Primary Sources; Graph skills


In this lesson, students will learn how to search The Trans--Atlantic Slave Trade Database. They will discover the scope of the slave trade over four centuries. Students will search the database to learn more about five noteworthy voyages. Students will review the African Names Database to learn the name of Africans liberated from ships attempting to trade illegally. By completing this lesson, students will have a better understanding how historians use databases and statistics to conduct historical research.


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