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FC: The Not-So-Wonderful | World of Trans-Atlantic | Slavery | in Africa
1: Slavery. We all know what that is right? If you need a refresher, it's the illegal use of people to do whatever tasks you want them to do. Although it is not always in a cruel manner, it usually is very cruel, and as such has a great impact on those subjected and the previous homes of those enslaved.
2: How does this affect their previous homes and those subjected? In short, it puts both 'areas of affect' under great duress. | This great constraint forced the people of Africa to be on constant watch for when slave traders would stomp into their village and steal women, men, and children alike. | It also resulted in the unnecessary loss of many lives on Africans' account; the white slave traders and slave trade ships put those taken under harsh and grueling conditions.
3: These conditions were practically everything from being stuck on a ship with hardly any space between you and the next, to being beaten half to death just because the treatment of your neighbor made you too sick to eat.
4: Despite the white men's advanced technology, strength in numbers, and planning, the people of Africa did make some desolate attempts at overthrowing the traders. With limited success, some ships and trade groups were overthrown by some strong willed clansmen who either knew what they were doing, or used the tools given to them as weapons.
5: All in all, many of the African tribes' attempts were futile and resulted in harsher treatment. It's unfortunate, but the past and attitudes of some cannot be changed. This unfortunate happening instilled a permanent fear in those of Africa, and until slavery was officially outlawed, every day in Africa was potentially one's last day in Africa.
6: In the end, slavery was abolished as we all know, and the previously undeveloped, raided, and shaken Africa is slowly but steadily beginning to rise back up on its feet.
7: Citations http://www.historyonthenet.com/Lessons/worksheets/black_peoples.htm http://www.nmm.ac.uk/freedom/viewTheme.cfm/theme/triangular World Cultures a Global Mosaic, Iftikhar Ahmed, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis, Boston, Prentice Hall, 2004