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Slavery in African Societies Slavery Classical antiquity to recent times Slavery as one form of exploitation Peasants, serfs, corvee laborers Greece/Rome/Islamic North Africa Enslaved in trans Saharan trade – “steady trickle” How do we distinguish a slave society from a non slave society? Defining Slavery Slavery as a dominant factor or not o 1. Was there an important market economy at the local and international level? o 2. Was slave labor a major factor in production? Slave society vs. society with slaves o Slave society: slavery is the foundation of the economic and social order o Society with slaves: slavery is only one of several other systems of labor Slavery in Africa Ex: Jaja of Opobo o Slave but earned his way out of slavery, became “merchant prince” in Africa Ex: Tippu Tip o East African slave trader, half Swahili half Arab What/Who is a slave o Our assumptions based on plantation slavery – not universal o Agricultural workers, property of owner, live and work
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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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