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This week in class we read two chapters in the Out of Many book The first chapter was mainly related to the history of slavery beginning in Africa It talked about how as resources were found in the land that slaves always seemed to follow It provided a brief history of West Africa I found it interesting that it claimed the reason Africans made the best slaves was because of the previous knowledge of farming in Africa This makes a good introduction for the history of slave trading which surprisingly lasted over 300 years The demand for labor was so high in those 300 years that over 11 million slaves were exported from Africa It was also disturbing to learn that they burned villages and captured men at night to sell them to the slave traders Even more disturbing is the fact that these people who are kidnapping the Africans were black themselves It makes you wonder how long it took for them to get captured and sold to slavery It then describes some of the conditions of the ships but it just reiterated what I had already learned about the amount of slaves they crammed into the pits of the ships As anyone can imagine when you take 11 million people from a country you create a social stagnation in economy but what I learned was that it also destroyed the social order because they would enslave nobles and create chaos in tribes It goes on to describe the daily life of a slave and the differences between the North and the South I found it interesting that because when slaves did the cooking and farming they inadvertently introduced African culture to men who didnt even notice After reading the chapter I guess the main point that I got out of it would be to remember that without the African influence on America we would not have the stable economy we have today This
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