Let’s start with a guitar lesson I took at the beginning of 2017 – check the list below if you wish to learn more guitar chords and chords progression.
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The first two posts will be short, and will cover the two main classes of “Slavery: The African Experience” and “The Slave Trade: The African Experience” by T. N. Lewis (1905). It was written to address the African Americans who had been enslaved since the beginning of the American Revolutionary War — and the subsequent slave-trading activities of African Americans–and to help other Africans who are interested in the issues.
I’ve found that this post is of a great general interest. I’m sure I’ll read the second part of Lewis’ book soon enough. My interest in the topic seems to be a bit similar to that of Dr. Robert Allen’s essay “The Politics of the African Mind.” That essay discussed “the role of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution in transforming slavery from a brutal institution into a highly productive commodity.
What’s striking about “The Slave Trade: The African Experience” is a lack of scholarly attention and emphasis on the role of African Americans in it.
I suspect that it’s largely an accident of fate that the book has never appeared in print (a reason for which I think Lewis and Liddiard could have been very happy about it). When I read a short story of Lewis’ called ‘The Lighthouse,’ I assumed to know about the African trade, but that it was a black story (I knew nothing about the Europeans’ trading skills). I found I was wrong. ‘The Lighthouse’ is a great and moving story of African slaves who had to leave their homes on remote African islands and seek out their way to freedom in the slave-trading American Caribbean. It is well-written and has historical interest. So I think it’s interesting that the book doesn’t seem to have received much attention. One could argue that the lack of scholarly attention, combined with the general lack of interest in what Lewis’ book addresses, have made “The Slave Trade: The African Experience” a neglected book.
The book is