Freedom Narratives is an ongoing digital history project that "focuses on the enforced migration of enslaved Africans in the Atlantic world during the era of the slave trade from the 16th to the 19th century." This project centers the voices of enslaved people born in West Africa during this time period by using a digital repository of their "autobiographical testimonies and biographical data ...to analyze patterns in the slave trade from West Africa, specifically in terms of where individuals came from, why they were enslaved, and what happened to them." Here, readers will be able to search through approximately 2,000 individuals' testimonies and browse them by categories such as gender, region of origin, life event type (e.g. travel, emancipation, etc.), and the modern country name where events occurred. Each person's entry includes a timeline of their life history, a downloadable image of their testimony, and metadata for both the individual and their testimony. Because Freedom Narratives is a work in progress, not all of the testimonies are online as of this writing, but this project shows great promise. Freedom Narratives is directed by Paul Lovejoy, Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University in Toronto.
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