Slavery is not a modern concept. Ancient civilizations such as Greece and Rome had systems of slavery, and many countries within Africa enslaved the members of rival tribes after they lost battles. However, Europeans greatly expanded and entrenched the slave trade. Through primary sources and annotated quotes, readers experience the horrors of slavery from the perspective of those it affected. A detailed timeline and discussion questions add to this essential reading experience that illustrates the lasting global effects of the transatlantic slave trade.