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From: Lumen learning: African American History and Culture-africanamericanhistory/chapter/introduction-2/1Module 2: The African Slave Trade And The Atlantic WorldAccording to W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the preeminent blackintellectuals and activists of the late 19th and 20thcenturies, the African slave trade, which transported between10 and 15 million Africans across the Atlantic towork as slaves in the Americas, was the most important“drama in the last thousand years of human history.”The trade tore Africans away from “the dark beauty of theirmother continent into the new-found Eldorado of
the West. They descended into Hell.” Module 2 examines thetragic history of the transatlantic slave trade thatoccurred between European and African traders along thewest coast of Africa from the late fifteenth throughthe nineteenth century. It addresses why Europeans came toAfrica to acquire slave labor, why powerful Africankingdoms who controlled trade along the coast of Africa soldhuman beings to European traders in exchange forforeign commodities, how the trade generated early ideas ofracial difference and systems of racism, and howthe trade transformed Africa and the lives of the Africanswho found themselves ensnared in a slave systemsustained by cold, calculating economic rationality andhuman brutality.Rather than a primitive, archaic system, the transatlanticslave trade, and the labor performed by African andAfrican-American slaves, created the modern Western world– one characterized by a global, interconnectedsystem of capitalist expansion. The trade regarded human
beings as commodities who themselves labored toproduce commodities – gold, silver, sugar, tobacco, cotton –that generated profits for plantation owners,manufacturers, and merchants. African and African-Americanslaves resisted enslavement at every stage andfound ways to create new communities, new kinshipnetworks, and new cultures in defiance of an inherentlydehumanizing system of racial slavery that survived for morethan four hundred years. (1)Learning OutcomesThis module addresses the following Course LearningOutcomes listed in the Syllabus for this course:• To provide students with a general understanding of thehistory of African Americans within the contextof American History.• To motivate students to become interested and active inAfrican American history by comparing current
events with historical information.(1)Additional learning outcomes associated with this moduleare:• The student will be able to discuss the origins, evolution,and spread of racial slavery.• The student will be able to describe the creation of adistinct African-American culture and how thatculture became part of the broader American culture. (1)Module ObjectivesUpon completion of this module, the student will be able to:Use primary historical resources to analyze a topic relevantto Europeans, Africans, and the Transatlantic SlaveTrade. (1)Readings and Resources• Learning Unit: Exchanging People for Trade Goods (seebelow) (1)

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