Unformatted text preview: slave trade? Slave trade – a good thing? • Arguments during slave trade era? o Trade removed excess people o Delivered new goods to local elite o Benefitted enslaved – exposed to European civilization • Modern Scholars o Slave trade as stimulus to population growth and development of political organizations o Fage – slave trade and growth in centralized African states Not really • Attempts to explain social and material destruction caused by forced exportation of millions of Africans as disservice to millions who died and were transported • Citing participation of some Africans does not minimize the role of all who participated – African and European • Need to understand consequences not for small number (European or African) who benefitted, but for the majority who suffered...
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- Fall '10
- Atlantic Slave Trade, Africans, Modern Scholars o Slave