This Companion provides the essential background to the defining fate of the African diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Central to the book are detailed chronologies on the development and decline of the slave trade, slavery in colonial North and South America, the Caribbean and the United States, movements for emancipation, and the progress of black civil rights. Separate sections look at the long-running resistance against slavery and the black civil rights movements in the Americas and the Caribbean, with a comparative chronology of apartheid in South Africa. Supported by biographies of over 100 key individuals and a full glossary providing definitions of crucial terms, expressions, ideas and events, this is required reading for anyone interested in the historical experience of slavery.
Harry Harmer is co-author of Cassell's BLACK HANDBOOK: THE PEOPLE, HISTORY AND POLITICS OF AFRICA and THE AFRICAN DIASPORA (1977) and the soon-to-be published Martin Luther King, in Sutton publising's new Pocket Biographies series.