African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the by Anne Bailey

By Anne Bailey

It is an lousy tale. it truly is an lousy tale. Why do you need to deliver this up now?--Chief Awusa of AtorkorFor centuries, the tale of the Atlantic slave alternate has been filtered throughout the eyes and documents of white Europeans. during this watershed publication, historian Anne C. Bailey specializes in stories of the exchange from the African standpoint. African chiefs and different elders in a space of southeastern Ghana-once famously referred to as "the previous Slave Coast"-share tales that display that Africans have been investors in addition to sufferers of the alternate. Bailey argues that, like sufferers of trauma, many African societies now adventure a fragmented view in their prior that partly explains the blanket of silence and disgrace round the slave alternate. shooting rankings of oral histories that have been passed down via generations, Bailey unearths that, even if Africans weren't equivalent companions with Europeans, even their partial involvement within the slave alternate had devastating effects on their background and identification. during this unheard of and revelatory e-book, Bailey explores the fragile and fragmented nature of historic reminiscence.

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When I first visited in 1992 and 1993, I was struck by the erosion of the land, particularly in the town of Keta along this coastline. Community members spoke with sadness about this gradual erosion of the coast, which began in the early twentieth century. Some, such as former residents who have since moved to Accra or other cities, were visibly upset when discussing the 30 a f r i c a n v o i c e s o f t h e a t l a n t i c s l av e t r a d e situation, which at the time they felt they could hardly control.

The silence is quietly being broken. Black female literary giants in the Diaspora are also doing their part in to break the silence of the past. They do not hide from the ugliness but seek to probe it, analyze it, and mine from it meaning for the present and the future. In so doing, they m i d d l e pa s s ag e t o m i d d l e q ua r t e r s 21 courageously piece together the fragments of this history in their work. Thus the theme of a fragmented history that is the legacy of Africa and its Diaspora is recurrent and paramount in their works as it is in this volume.

The town of Atorkor became indebted to the Europeans. ” From this point James Ocloo’s story is the same as the other versions. h i s t o r i ca l c o n f i r mat i o n of the incident In spite of the fact that this story is told all over Eweland, it is a footnote in the European and American historical record. The most significant source of information comes from a Rev. Chas Thomas, whose contemporary account, Adventures and Observations on the West Coast of Africa and Its Islands (1860), provides detailed information about trading on the coast of Africa.

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