Today we’ll be continuing our discussion on slave trade by watching “The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes” on Slate’s website (originally published through slavevoyages.org). Slate’s brief article to go along with it explains how the piece is interactive and gives a little bit of helpful background information.

Additionally, we’ll be reading a different account of slave trade by Martiniquan philosopher, novelist, and poet, Édouard Glissant. The first chapter of his book Poetics of Relation, entitled “The Open Boat”, serves as a sort of poetic introduction to his larger philosophical work. This text can be found online on our Course Reserves.