Abina Essay.docx - Surname 1 Name Tutor Course Date Abina and the Important Men Whas Abina Mansah sold as a slave to Quamina Eddoo Abina and the

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Surname 1 Name Tutor Course Date Abina and the Important Men Whas Abina Mansah sold as a slave to Quamina Eddoo? Abina and the Important Men is a microhistory book that was original published in 2012 by Liz Clarke and Trevor R. Getz. This book is a fascinating and compelling graphic history based on an 1876 court transcript of Abina, a West African woman from Ghana who took her master to court for wrongfully enslaving her, (Getz & Liz 136). After a thorough insight into this book, I realized that although Abina regarded herself as a slave; cultural factors and language barriers, inequality and economic reasons confirms her claims. Ironically, the British Magistrate banked on these three facets to rule in favor of Eddoo. Men managed to confuse Abina to state in court that she was not sure whether she was a slave. In this essay, I will elucidate about the aforementioned three reasons that confirm Abina was a slave, despite losing her case. To begin, the presence of different dialects and cultures in Abina and the Important Men which made her lose her case despite sufficient evidence confirms that she was a slave. As an educated British, the magistrate handling Abina’s case was fluent in both speaking and writing English. It was believed Abina was an Ashanti who spoke the Twi language. Generally, it is always challenging to translate something perfectly from one language to the other. This is clear
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