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From years 1505 to 1870 the world underwent the largest forced migration in history West Africa was soon to be convulsed by the arrival of Europeans and become the advent of the transatlantic slave trade Ships from Europe bound for America appeared on the horizon and their captains and sailors-carrying muskets swords and shackles-landed on the coast walked up the beach in their strange clothes looked around and demanded slaves A horrific chapter in history had begun and neither Africa nor America would be the same again Approximately ten million Africans were brought across the seas to the Americas to be manipulated into slavery It became apparent that these African men women and children were meant to generate money They were meant to work harsh labor yet they were no longer meant to have a voice A few Americans took the time to appreciate the hard work performed by the slaves however appreciation is a short step in the long road to equality It was no t until the late 19th century that America began to repair the damages done by this immoral trading of human beings Once the slaves were freed after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 it did not do much to end the oppression and prejudice against their race Their freedom did not give them a heart it did not prove they had soul This is where their music becomes significant and this is Blues music Throughout their music it took much less time for the black race to prove that they were not unlike the rest of humanity in fact they did have a voice and a haunting one Once Blues music was not only recognized but also comprehended admired and imitated it opened the gates of immigration and the nation to this day has matured in its ability to see gray Included in the mass of faceless slaves the boats entrapped and a large number of griots
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