By Anne Bailey
It is an lousy tale. it is an lousy tale. Why do you need to convey this up now?--Chief Awusa of AtorkorFor centuries, the tale of the Atlantic slave alternate has been filtered throughout the eyes and files of white Europeans. during this watershed e-book, historian Anne C. Bailey makes a speciality of thoughts of the exchange from the African viewpoint. African chiefs and different elders in a space of southeastern Ghana-once famously referred to as "the previous Slave Coast"-share tales that exhibit that Africans have been investors in addition to sufferers of the exchange. Bailey argues that, like sufferers of trauma, many African societies now event a fragmented view in their earlier that in part explains the blanket of silence and disgrace round the slave exchange. taking pictures rankings of oral histories that have been passed down via generations, Bailey reveals that, even supposing Africans weren't equivalent companions with Europeans, even their partial involvement within the slave exchange had devastating effects on their background and identification. during this unparalleled and revelatory e-book, Bailey explores the fragile and fragmented nature of historic reminiscence.
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Extra info for African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame
De scription of the land No story is complete without an understanding of the setting. The Anlo Ewes reside in an area that borders the Volta River in Ghana and extends through Aflao to the Ghana-Togo border. 1 They have a long tradition of important migrations in their history. According to their traditions, the Anlo Ewes left other Ewe-speaking groups originally in the Yoruba-speaking areas of present-day Nigeria. ) The second important migration was from Ketu in present-day Benin to Notsie, which is located in Togo.
As such, it is not uncommon to find many African American and Caribbean nationals coming to Ghana at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twentyfirst to start cultural organizations with the aim of introducing the rich artistic cultures of Ghana and Africa in general to those in the Diaspora for whom the continent is still somewhat mysterious and distant. Accra, the capital of Ghana, in particular, appears to be the new Paris for people of color in the Diaspora, just as Paris in the 1950s and beyond was a magnet for African American artists like Richard Wright and James Baldwin.
When I first visited in 1992 and 1993, I was struck by the erosion of the land, particularly in the town of Keta along this coastline. Community members spoke with sadness about this gradual erosion of the coast, which began in the early twentieth century. Some, such as former residents who have since moved to Accra or other cities, were visibly upset when discussing the 30 a f r i c a n v o i c e s o f t h e a t l a n t i c s l av e t r a d e situation, which at the time they felt they could hardly control.
African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame by Anne Bailey