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Old 10-26-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Its interesting what they think,but I think most of them have too many problems for this to come across in their minds.

Now,its true only 5% of slaves went to USA directly from Africa,but the rest of the slaves(50%) in the USA came from the Caribbean,so its still the same.
This article gives slightly different figures: 500,000 total to North America, about 6% of all those brought from Africa to the Americas, with 70% of the total coming directly from Africa..

Facts about the Slave Trade and Slavery | The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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I wasn't taught anything to be honest. I was aware people that had the same skin color as me were in different countries but I was never curious as to how they got there.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: South Portland, ME
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In Africa they generally emphasize that the slave trade happened because [one ethnic group] captured people from [another ethnic group] and sold them away. In fact, most of the conflict in modern Africa is STILL based around ethnic disputes.

I feel like there is a big disconnect here in the USA where people don't comprehend why black people would capture each other and send them off into slavery, "why didn't they all just work together?" - well, it's because Africa is like Europe where there are many different ethnic groups.

Bambara and Igbo are just as different from each other as British and Greek people. And just like Germans and French have fought wars against each other, so have African groups against one another.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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In Africa they generally emphasize that the slave trade happened because [one ethnic group] captured people from [another ethnic group] and sold them away. In fact, most of the conflict in modern Africa is STILL based around ethnic disputes.

I feel like there is a big disconnect here in the USA where people don't comprehend why black people would capture each other and send them off into slavery, "why didn't they all just work together?" - well, it's because Africa is like Europe where there are many different ethnic groups.

Bambara and Igbo are just as different from each other as British and Greek people. And just like Germans and French have fought wars against each other, so have African groups against one another.
Good post, good points. It just seems like the common story is that white people were the only bad guys in the slave trade and the fact of other tribes selling off their rivals seems to be convienently forgotten. Doesn't make slavery right, just keep the facts in the telling.
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