James Campbell

Brown University

James Campbell is a professor of Africana studies, American civilization, and history at Brown University. He is a specialist in U.S. history, twentieth-century African American history, and African history. Campbell has been a Research Associate at the W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan-African Studies, Accra, Ghana, and at the African Studies Institute, the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His awards include the Fulbright Fellowship, the Social Science Research Council Fellowship, and the Rotary Foundation Graduate Travel Fellowship. He is author of Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 (Penguin Press, 2006) and Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa(Oxford UP, 1995/University of North Carolina Press, 1998), which won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Prize and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals. Campbell served as chair of the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice at Brown University from 2003-2006.

Why did Africans participate in the slave trade?
How did the slave trade affect communities in Africa?
How were New Englanders involved in the slave trade?
What countries were involved in the triangle trade?
How many Africans were transported across the Atlantic during the slave trade?
Who are you and what do you do?
What was the triangle trade?
How has the telling of this part of American history changed over time?
How do scholars get information about slave trading voyages?
Why was slavery accepted for so long?
What was the mortality rate on slave ships?
What was the journey from Africa to the Americas like for captives?
How did the slave ship Sally acquire slaves?
How did slave traders acquire captives?
Did African slave traders enslave their own people?
What was unique about the African slave trade in the Americas?
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