This collection of essays stems from a conference in honor of David Eltis, a frequent and creative interpreter of slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic world and compiler-in-chief of the collection's central and structuring resource, the Voyages database of more than 35,000 transoceanic shipments of captive Africans. The dozen essays may approach the diversity and depth of the contributions of the master whom they honor, but it would be difficult to argue that they exceed them. The comparison is no discredit to the editors and authors but rather a tribute to a scholar whose extraordinary vision all but defines the field of modern Atlantic slavery and who has led the massive, four-volume Cambridge World History of Slavery (2011–17).

The very diversity of Festschriften makes them easier to summarize than to review analytically. The editors have grouped the essays into two...

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