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X-Posted from H-NET List for African History and Culture <H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Joyce Youmans <youmans@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU> _______ REPLY 1 From: "SEAN JONES" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, May 10, 2010 1:22 pm I am a graduate student pursuing my MA in African American & African Studies at Texas Southern U. I desperately want to know more about all of this [discussion in the Ending the Slavery Blame-Game thread]. Can anyone on the list suggest some reading/studies on Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery in Africa, Africans' role in the European/American slave trade, Slavery across the African Diaspora, etc. This information will most certainly help me on my journey to becoming a university professor of AAAS. I take exception with Dr. Gates' argument, but I would like to read material from anyone else who subscribes to his line of thought as well as the opposing view which I subscribe to. I don't blame Africans for any of the grave atrocities that befell Africans (then generations of African Americans) in America during the period of slavery and Jim Crowism/segregation. Our country was founded on racism, the degradation of the US constitution, and the bible. Africa and Africans had nothing to do with that! No matter which President from any West African or African nation falls to his knees and apologizes, that fact does not change. Thank you in advance for the help. BTW, I don't who started this email list or when it started, but I want to say thank you because the information is powerful, plentiful, valuable, and needed! Sean W. Jones _______ REPLY 2 From: "opolot okia" <email@example.com> Date: Mon, May 10, 2010 4:16 pm You might try these books for starters. I am sure there are more qualified scholars who will add a lot more. Joseph Inikori and Stanley Engerman, eds. _The Atlantic Slave Trade_ Read his introduction to kind of wade into the debates. The other articles discuss various aspects of the trade and its impact upon Africa and Europe. John Thornton, _Africa and the Africans_ to get a sense of the emphasis on African agency. David Brion Davis, _The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture_ and _Slavery and Human Progress_ though the focus is less upon Africa these are great books to aid in deepening the understanding of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery in general. Walter Rodney, _History of Upper Guinea Coast_ Again, wading into the murky waters of African agency Rodney's perspective on class might prove useful. Claude Meillassoux, _The Anthropology of slavery_ might be a pain to get through (if you are not tolerant of having Marx as your interlocutor) but you might find it stimulating in terms of the discussion of slavery as a mode of production in West Africa. There are also a lot of very good articles on the slave trade that deal with this issue of African involvement. Good luck on your journey!