By Anne Bailey
It is an lousy tale. it really is an lousy tale. Why do you need to deliver this up now?--Chief Awusa of AtorkorFor centuries, the tale of the Atlantic slave alternate has been filtered throughout the eyes and documents of white Europeans. during this watershed booklet, historian Anne C. Bailey specializes in thoughts of the exchange from the African viewpoint. African chiefs and different elders in a space of southeastern Ghana-once famously known as "the previous Slave Coast"-share tales that display that Africans have been investors in addition to sufferers of the alternate. Bailey argues that, like sufferers of trauma, many African societies now adventure a fragmented view in their earlier that partly explains the blanket of silence and disgrace round the slave exchange. taking pictures ratings of oral histories that have been passed down via generations, Bailey unearths that, even supposing Africans weren't equivalent companions with Europeans, even their partial involvement within the slave exchange had devastating results on their heritage and id. during this exceptional and revelatory e-book, Bailey explores the fragile and fragmented nature of old reminiscence.
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The drummer, seeking revenge, quickly arranged to sell the other drummers, including his enemy, to the slave traders. They were told that the white men wanted them to play. When they obliged, they were taken away. Some resisted by jumping into the sea, but most remained on board. In the end the woman in question left for Ada and got married to an Ada man. 17 Still another perspective comes from Chief James Ocloo of Keta, whose family played a great role in the history of the Anlo coast. His version suggests that the cause of the conflict was not a woman; it was because the town of Atorkor was in debt 38 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 to the Europeans.
It would be important 46 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 to point to the negative impact of dissension and division within the community. This could then be seen as a lesson regarding the value of unity. In a similar way, the period before, during, and after independence—which is almost synonymous with Kwame Nkrumah—can be seen to have influenced this story as well. From his years in London prior to his return to the Gold Coast in 1947, Nkrumah was an agitator for the freedom of black people not only on the African continent but all over the world.
The territory that went to Britain included the Volta region. At the end of World War I, Germany’s territory in Togo was ceded to France, much to the consternation of local Ewe chiefs, and the Volta region was ceded to the British and incorporated into the Gold Coast. 32 With the exception of the Blu clan, all Anlo clans then claimed they had participated in the great exodus of the Ewe from Notsie in the late seventeenth century. Furthermore, the Ewe Newsletter, launched by Daniel Chapman in 1947, was used to assist in forging an Ewe consciousness.