Latest book

Ana Lucia Araujo, Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (Bloomsbury, 2017).


“This is a book I’ve been waiting for – a timely and overdue account of the centuries-long cry for reparations, written by a gifted historian of transatlantic slavery. Ana Lucia Araujo has brought valuable context, perspective, and learning to one of the urgent issues of our time.”  Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History, University of Pittsburgh, United States, and author of The Slave Ship: A Human History (2008)

Ana Lucia Araujo’s book on slavery reparations movements reaches across time and space. She considers enslavement, emancipation, and the continued refusal of every single slave-owning society in the Atlantic world-the USA, Britain, France, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain, especially to address the centuries of theft that made them wealthy and built the modern global political economy. Professor Araujo’s erudition is unbounded, and her clear, readable prose will make this book an important and useful addition to the toolkits of academics, students, and activists.”  Edward E. Baptist, Professor of History, Cornell University, United States, and author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2016)

“The trans-Atlantic debate about reparations for slavery has long needed a serious historical explanation. Now, in Ana Lucia Araujo’s book, we have the answer. This original, sweeping study, grounded in meticulous research, explains how and why reparations have become so pressing a modern-day issue. It is essential reading for everyone concerned – whatever their viewpoint.”  James Walvin, Professor of History Emeritus, University of York, UK and author of The Zong: A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery (2011)