SlaveryII

SlaveryII - Slavery in African Societies Acquisition, Use,...

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Slavery in African Societies Acquisition, Use, Function o Acquisition: often through violence: banditry, kidnapping o Slavery as a form of judicial punishment – murder, theft, adultery, sorcery o Voluntary enslavement – threat of starvation (unusual) Historiography o Central questions: How important were enslaved to African economies before Atlantic slave trade? How widespread was the institution? o Debate Rodney school of thought: slavery as marginal feature of African societies (focus on Upper Guinea coast) John Fage school of thought: significant slave presence in Africa before Atlantic trade (focus on Asante and Kongo) o Some ask can the institutions of dependency to be found in some parts of Africa be described as slavery? It depends. Context important African societies not all the same, not static, historical change In some societies, slavery as a central feature. In others Atlantic slave trade transforms from marginal feature Defining Slavery
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HUMN 007 taught by Professor Blyden during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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