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The importance of published accounts by African slave ship survivors is well-known but not their existence in large numbers. Fogleman and Hanserd catalog nearly five hundred discrete accounts and more than 2,500 printings of them over four centuries in numerous Atlantic languages. Short biographies of each African, print histories of the complete or partial life story. Five Hundred African Voices an invaluable resource for scholars, teachers, students, and others wishing to study transatlantic slavery using African Voices.



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American Philosophical Society Press




African slave ship survivor, Transatlantic Slave Trade, slavery, oral history


Africana Studies | African History | African Languages and Societies | American Studies | Caribbean Languages and Societies | Digital Humanities | English Language and Literature | Latin American History | Missions and World Christianity | Other French and Francophone Language and Literature | Other German Language and Literature | Other Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature | United States History


The authors retained the rights to distribute and publicly display their manuscript in Northern Illinois University's institutional repository for non-commercial purposes. This version of the manuscript may be used only in accordance with that agreement. The version of record is available through the American Philosophical Society Press, ISBN: 978-1-60618-926-9, Copyright © 2022 by the American Philosophical Society for its Lightning Rod Press series. All rights reserved.

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Aaron Spencer Fogleman and Robert Hanserd (eds.), Five Hundred African Voices.... (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2022). ISBN 9781606189269.

Five Hundred African Voices: A Catalog of Published Accounts by Africans Enslaved in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1586-1936



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