By Anne Bailey
It truly is an lousy tale. it truly is an lousy tale. Why do you need to carry this up now?--Chief Awusa of AtorkorFor centuries, the tale of the Atlantic slave exchange has been filtered throughout the eyes and files of white Europeans. during this watershed booklet, historian Anne C. Bailey makes a speciality of stories of the alternate from the African viewpoint. African chiefs and different elders in a space of southeastern Ghana-once famously referred to as "the outdated Slave Coast"-share tales that display that Africans have been investors in addition to sufferers of the alternate.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 prior that in part explains the blanket of silence and disgrace round the slave exchange. shooting rankings of oral histories that have been passed down via generations, Bailey reveals that, even though Africans weren't equivalent companions with Europeans, even their partial involvement within the slave exchange had devastating outcomes on their historical past and id. during this unparalleled and revelatory ebook, Bailey explores the fragile and fragmented nature of historic reminiscence.
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Black female literary giants in the Diaspora are also doing their part in to break the silence of the past. They do not hide from the ugliness but seek to probe it, analyze it, and mine from it meaning for the present and the future. In so doing, they m i d d l e pa s s ag e t o m i d d l e q ua r t e r s 21 courageously piece together the fragments of this history in their work. Thus the theme of a fragmented history that is the legacy of Africa and its Diaspora is recurrent and paramount in their works as it is in this volume.
We have two major markers of the story—a contemporary account by Thomas writing in 1857 and today’s accounts by elders and chiefs in Ewe villages along the coast. An extensive review of archives in Africa, America, and Europe did not reveal any other record of this story in the interim years. What is noteworthy, however, is that from the time of that original record till now, there has been little change in the basic facts. The four pieces of the story that can be confirmed (the date, the ship, composition of those who were taken away, and the destination) have not been altered.
This song in its entirety goes as follows: Go ka nu dze ge woyina? Go ka nu dze ge woyina? Go ka nu? Adose kple Afedima woe yina daa Adose kple Afedima woe yina daa 42 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 Go ka nu dze ge woyina? (On which shores are we going to land On which shores we are going to land On which shore? 26 There is a similar reference to this incident in Charles Mammattah’s The Eves of West Africa: When the slaves of yore first saw the blue waters of the Atlantic and realised that their fate was sealed and that they were leaving home and kindred for good for a journey into the dark unknown, one of them was borne on the wings of song, and granted the gift of a visionary, he composed the words and tune instinctively to this most moving of Eve [sic] atrikpi” war songs.
African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame by Anne Bailey