Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Group of people around a tableThis research and workshop project aims to support the development of a multi-part documentary series on the Atlantic slave trade. Creating a New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade will chart the economic and human cost of the slave trade across the Atlantic basin, underscoring how this expansive system of trade, violence, and profit built the modern world.

Creating a New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade (Collaboration between Firelight Media and CSSJ)

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice is engaged in an ongoing collaboration with Firelight Media in making a multi-part documentary on the Atlantic slave trade entitled Creating a New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and directed by Stanley Nelson. During the 2017-18 academic year, thanks to the support of the Wyncote Foundation, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and Firelight Media hosted a series of four workshops in Providence, Leiden, Johannesburg, and New York City examining different aspects of the Atlantic slave trade. At CSSJ, there is an active student research group who have been dedicated to support this work. In the next year, this group will continue to collaborate with Firelight Media and work with CSSJ Visiting Assistant Professor Zach Sell to create curricular resources to accompany the film series.

“This is a different way of learning and engaging in history,” notes Professor Zach Sell of the work of the Atlantic Slave Trade Research Cluster. Since 2017, the CSSJ has been engaged in an ongoing collaboration with Firelight Media to produce a groundbreaking, multi-part documentary series entitled Creating the New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade.