Atlantic Slave Trade Paper

For the paper, you will be conducting a small research project about the economic history of the Atlantic slave trade between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. To create a base of data with which to work, we will be utilizing the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

You will turn in two drafts of the paper, the first on Monday, October 27, and the second on Monday, December 1. The final paper should meet the following requirements:

  1. Use a data set from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
  2. Be 2,000-2,500 words in length
  3. Include at least three presentations of quantitative evidence (tables, graphs, etc.)
  4. Use at least three secondary sources (in addition to Eltis, Rise of African Slavery, which can be from course readings or from your own research
  5. Use the Chicago Manual of Style for citations, table, charts, and figures

In order to facilitate your successful completion of the project, you have two options for the first draft of the paper (due October 27):

Option 1. You may turn in a full draft, on which you will receive comments and suggestions. If you choose this option, you will be expected for the final paper (Dec 1) to make both the suggested editorial changes as well as respond to comments and suggestions for rethinking and reframing the paper as a whole.

Option 2. You may turn in a proposal which contains the following elements:

  • One-paragraph description of the topic
  • Proposed thesis
  • One-paragraph description of the dataset
  • One presentation of visual evidence (table, graph) and a description of what others you plan to compile
  • Annotated list of proposed outside sources which explains the argument of the work and how it relates to the topic
  • Three questions or concerns you have about the project as proposed

Should you select this option, you will receive comments and suggestions based on the proposal, which you should use to think through and develop your argument into a full paper. You will then not receive comments on a full draft of the paper.

Both the first draft and the final paper must be submitted on Blackboard before class begins on the designated date. No late papers will be accepted.

If you have any questions or confront difficulties as you work, please come see me.

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