European Exploration of Africa
I have gotten work from all but a couple of our classmates. It is more than time to do the next assignment. But before we get into the next general assignment, permit me to “play” with some questions about the first.
- To what extent do you think command of the content of these two articles
equips you to discuss their central points with someone already holding a Master’s Degree in Africana Studies?
- How does one account for the relative absence of Africana voices when there are international conclaves on finance, military issues, epidemiology,
- From a professional standpoint, what would you like be doing with your major three years from now, six years from now?
The three above itemsare basically context questions for you to reflect upon the vastness of Africana peoples as a demographic group (1.2 billion on the Continent, 150,000,000 in the western hemisphere) and what you may know now in detail.
These are not an assignment and I need not hear from you unless you wish to “say something.”
ASSIGNMENTon pp. 93-118 “Diaspora Africans and Slavery” and pp. 123-139 “Exploration and Conquest of Africa.” Please use no more the three pages per eachchapter.
In your write-up of pp. 93-118, do include your answer to “power” questions #1:How could so few Europeans enslave so many Africans) and #4:how could/did a few Free/enslaved blacks’ actions “propel[led] the issues resulting in the Civil War.” Specify. Think, think.
In your write-up of “European Exploration of Africa,” incorporatein your answersStudy Questions on page 139 #2 “Berlin Conference” and #5 “worst colonial policy.”