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566 /AAS 406
1 - West Africa and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
illustration is published in, among other sources, S.
Drescher and S. Engerman, A Historical Guide to World
Slavery (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998), p.291, where it
is captioned "Gang of captives met at Mbame's on their
way to Teffe," and is identified as an engraving from
Harper's Weekly (vol. 32, May 1866). [See Handler,
session will provide you with a general orientation to the broad
context of the Atlantic slave trade, with some emphasis on its
West African/Gold Coast dimension. The session will consist of
The African context of the trade, i.e., a general historical overview
of the region over the centuries preceding the "slave trade itself"
(in this area, c. 1670s-1830s).
A discussion of how and why and who in Africa participated in
the Atlantic-scale developments. This part of the presentation
will also sketch the general proportions (regions, timing, numbers,
etc.) of the Diaspora itself.
Shillington, History of Africa (New York: Macmillan,
2nd ed. 1995).
7 (pp. 90-106): Islam and the Sudanic states of west Africa
12 (pp. 170-180): The Atlantic Slave Trade, sixteenth to
13 (pp. 181-196):West African states and societies. to the
L. Newman, The Peopling of Africa: A Geographic Introduction
(New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.)
7 (pp. 104-36): Western Africa
READING FOR BROAD CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND:
Bohannan and Philip Curtin, Africa and Africans (4th
ed.) (Prospect Heights IL: Waveland Press, 1995)