Jan - 11 AC337 - In The Beginning

Jan - 11 AC337 - In The Beginning - American Blues Music...

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American Blues Music The Beginnings
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African Slave -Trade The music of “the Blues” ultimately derives from the musical and cultural traditions of the slaves who were brought to the New World beginning in the 1600s.
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And where did the slave traders get the majority of their victims? The slave trade was far more complicated than we tend to believe. Most slaves were NOT kidnapped by the slave traders, but rather were purchased from Senegalese and Gambian kings who had already taken slaves from groups that they had conquered during their own wars. And how did these slaves finally make it to North America?
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The importation of slaves in America began roughly in 1619 BUT… They were, therefore, of Mixed culture Mixed race It lasted “officially” until 1808, when new importation of slaves was banned By that time almost ¾ of a million Africans had been brought to America as slaves Most of these early slaves were not directly from Africa, but rather were “Atlantic Creoles”: slaves from the sugar plantations in the Caribbean and Brazil
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For the first 180 years of slavery the relationship between slaves and their owners was different than what we normally understand: Big plantations didn’t exist yet They wouldn’t come about until the invention of the cotton gin in 1793, allowing for much larger production Smaller farms meant slave and owner lived in closer proximity to one another Since owners had to pay for slaves they were a valued commodity
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This contact had its roots in the very philosophical underpinnings of slavery. Slave owners espoused a paternalistic attitude toward their slaves
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