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Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans?
African History BEFORE Slavery
In I began to hear the call of Africa, calling to me, challenging me to make my way back home. I was talking to a friend about my desire to visit Africa and I was given a video lecture by Dr. Charles Finch. Not only did the information in his lecture blow my mind, it also lead me down a path of self discovery and revelation at the great and little known history of my people in America and from Africa. This site has been created to share information and resources that can be used to help you to find out the truth about your African heritage, about our peoples contributions to culture and civilization throughout the world, and to help you find your way back home, in your heart and in your spirit. Also covered is how ancient African history has shown up in modern times as movies, comic books and other popular media, woven into the very fabric of modern society disguised as western culture when in point of fact we are being entertained by ancient African concepts.
Over the past few years, several films have been released in the United States, including Twelve Years a Slave , The Birth of a Nation , and the remake of Roots , exploring various aspects of the lives of enslaved men and women. Although these films offer valuable insights into the history of slavery, they certainly do not tell the entire story. Here is a list of seven new notable books on slavery, which were published in the last six months or will soon be published.
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However, even before the rise of Kemet it seems likely that an even more ancient kingdom, known as Ta Seti, existed in what is today Nubia in Sudan. This may well have been the earliest state to exist anywhere in the world. Africa can therefore be credited not only with giving rise to the many scientific developments associated with Egypt, engineering, mathematics, architecture, medicine etc but also with important early political developments such as state formation and monarchy. This demonstrates that economic and political development, as well as scientific development was, during this early period, perhaps more advanced in Africa than in other continents. The African continent continued on its own path of development, without significant external intervention until the fifteenth century of our era.
His book represents both a valuable point of entry for any scholar moving into this field and a superb synthesis of recent research across the continent for those of us trying to keep up. Stilwell also manages to stake out positions in key debates that respond to recent scholarship, like that from Joe Miller, while inviting new avenues of deliberation. This volume thus serves as a monograph, a historiography, and an excellent teaching text all in one book. Getz, Professor of History, San Francisco State University "A refreshing reexamination of the place of slavery in the history of Africa, Slavery and Slaving in African History surveys the role of slaves in the economies and societies of Africa throughout history, thereby establishing context for an understanding of the deportation of slaves across the Atlantic, the Sahara, and the Indian Ocean and of the use of slaves in Africa itself. This book is a comprehensive history of slavery in Africa from earliest times to the end of the twentieth century. It connects the emergence and consolidation of slavery to specific historical forces both internal and external to the African continent.
T here is a view that discussions about modern Africa should be forward-looking. This future-facing philosophy is an admirable attempt to free the spirit and imagination of the continent from the weight of its own history and the legacies of colonialism. While there is much to commend this apparent pragmatism it is, perhaps, more viable in Lagos and Kinshasa than in London or Paris. To historians, who inevitably take the long view, the modern relationship between Europe and Africa is merely the current chapter in an enormous book. For much of the period from the 15th century till now, during which Europeans and Africans have been connected through trade, empire and migration, both forced and voluntary, Europe has viewed the people of Africa through the distorting veil of racism and racial theory. In the British case much of the jumble of stereotypes, pseudo-science and wild conjecture that coalesced to form racism arose from the political battles fought over the slave trade and slavery, during the last decades of the 18th century and the first decades of the 19th. The men who set out to defend slavery assembled a vast arsenal of new claims and old theories about black people, which they then codified, refined and disseminated through books, pamphlets, cartoons and speeches.