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Middle Passage Paper - Prof N Achebe Prof I Sene IAH 205...

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Prof. N. Achebe, Prof. I. Sene IAH 205, Sec. 9 16 March, 2007 The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo In assessing Tom Feelings’ The Middle Passage , one must consider the artist’s intent. As a strict historical source its reliability may be subject to debate however, when viewed as an historical retrospective presented through an artistic medium, Feelings’ work takes on even greater value. As a tool, Feelings’ art depicts a uniquely African view of this period in history. Co-mingled with the beauty of the artistry is the brutality represented by the images contained within it. This dichotomy is representative of Africa herself. There can be little doubt that the scenes portrayed are rooted in historical truth as there is no shortage of primary sources describing the very things Feelings illustrates. Historians, however, may challenge the value based on the fact that it is a secondary, interpretive source. The true value of The Middle Passage is its ability to convey not only the events which occurred during this period, but to elicit the emotion of that period as well.
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