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Africans in Diaspora (North America) Race Concept of Race – that human beings can be differentiated into hierarchically arranged categories based on certain shared physical characteristics developed under slavery Concept emphasizes difference over similarity Concept as it develops – tool of power and privilege Specifics of race varied throughout the Americas Black and White as main categories. Other categories in between Acceptance or race ideology by all. Non slave holding whites – gain status African descended – as a means of resistance and acceptance Race – not sole identity among enslaved. Ethnicity also important. Cultural and linguistic identity significant (Gomez) Evolution of Slavery Nothing inevitable about black slavery Other forms of labor tried Developed gradually – didn’t just become Why Africans? Not random, available source, need for easily recognizable labor – people with experience – some immunity
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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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