EWS 201 - African American Experience Mid-Term

EWS 201 - African American Experience Mid-Term - all 2005...

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all 2005 EWS 201 Midterm The Tale of the African Diaspora By Taharka As I look into the days of old… The past tells a great tale of present, African descended, people’s history. Their roots… Their true homeland… Their Diaspora. Greetings! I am Taharka, third king of the twenty-fifth dynasty, one of the many famous rulers of ancient Nubia! In 710 B.C., at the age of thirty-two, I became king of Nubia and was not only an heir to the throne of Kush, but Kemet, Ancient Egypt, as well! As to aid my brother Shebitku, I have commanded military campaigns in Western Asia as far away as Palestine and led extraordinary expeditions all the way to Spain. For the duration of my reign, I held the largest empire in Ancient Africa and with great respect. I also managed to initiate a building program throughout my whole empire, which to some was overwhelming, in scope. My building projects were majestically legendary and high in number, the greatest work of all being my temple at Gebel Barkal in the Sudan. Carved from the very rocks that God has lay down in Earth’s creation, it is decorated with images of none other than me, standing over in one hundred feet in height! ( http://www.swagga.com/king.htm#tahar , http://www.crystalinks.com/dynasty25.html .) But enough about me, my great reign ended in 664 B.C.; for my kingdom was not the only kingdom in all on Africa’s entirety, nor was I the only king throughout all of Africa’s golden ages. The mighty Ghana, the uprising Sanhaja and Almoravid, the second greatest kingdom of Mali, Sosso, Songhay, Takrur, Sefawa, Tio, Borno, Hausa, Yoruba… I could go on! Many different rulers for many different kingdoms, not even
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including the smaller, less expansive, societies, were creating beliefs and cultures, establishing trade, social life, sciences, and agriculture. All these things and many more, proving they had civilization, could still not prohibit what was to come. (Joe William Trotter, Jr., 2001.) My people… Disregarded as man, considered unworthy of civilization, herded like animals… They came… Used for labor as early of the sixteenth century, greedy Europeans wanting nothing but to expand on their businesses and gain wealth through our sugar-producing techniques as well as others, it began. The kidnapping of my African-blooded brothers, the raping of my African-blooded sisters, the families torn apart. .. The Maafa. I have the spirit of Olaudah Equiano with me to better explain his capture, which could maybe relate to many: “Ah, yes…I can recall this tragic event. One day, when all our people were gone out to do their usual work, only I and my only, dear sister were left to mind the house. Bursting through the entrance, obviously making it over our walls, two men and a woman seized
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2008 for the course EWS 201 taught by Professor Humber during the Spring '05 term at Cal Poly Pomona.

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