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Enslaved.org contains information on hundreds of thousands of individuals involved in the historical slave trade — including enslaved people, slave owners, and slave traders. For most of these individuals, we can offer little more than fragmentary evidence, however, for some individuals, we can tell a more complex story. Hundreds of these stories can be found in the three biographical dictionaries produced by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and published in print and online by Oxford University Press https://oxfordaasc.com/

African American National Biography (2008; 2013)
Editors in Chief: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/aanb

Dictionary of African Biography (2011)
Editors in Chief: Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/dab

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (2016)
Editors in Chief: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight
https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/dcalab

Executive Editor for Hutchins Center Enslaved.org Biographies: Steven J. Niven

Adapted versions of more than 66 of these individual biographies are included here, along with timelines, a bibliography, and links to other resources, including the full, original biographies. They tell a variety of stories from across Africa and the Americas, of enslaved people fighting for their freedom, of the shifting boundaries between enslavement and liberation, and of the dynamics of slave trading, raiding, and life. Through these biographies, we can better understand the complexities of people’s lives and the role of slavery and freedom in shaping them.

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