The Atlantic Slave Trade Respond to one (1) of the following prompts in an 800 – 1000 word essay. Your essay should have an argument that responds to the prompt and use supporting evidence from the material in Module I, Module II, and/or Module III.
The Atlantic Slave Trade (16th – 19th centuries) reshaped politics and society in many parts of coastal Africa. Briefly summarize the history of the Atlantic Slave Trade and develop an argument about what you think are the two or three most important ways that the trade in enslaved people transformed politics and/or societies in continental Africa. In your answer you should refer to at least three examples to make your larger argument on the effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade. These examples should refer to specific cases of African states, communities, or groups who participated in or were affected by the trade.
Your responses should be both specific and argumentative. You may pull evidence from the textbook, lecture, primary sources readings, or films in Modules I, II, and III. Answers must draw upon examples of specific people, places, events, and ideas from at least two different sources (these may be two different lectures, the textbook and a lecture, a lecture and primary source or film, etc.) Do not do outside research. You have the resources on hand to craft a response to either prompt, and there is an abundance of misinformation online about African history. Your examples/evidence need to be cited in an acceptable citation format.
Egypt sources (Book of the Dead and Hymn to the Nile)
Epic of Wagadu
Epic of Kilwa
Rue De pina
Clips and Films
Prince Diabate explains the griot
Griots perform Sundiata
Clips and Films: Gates’ African Civilizations
Cassandra Pybus, “‘One militant saint’: The much traveled life of Mary Perth,” The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (2008)
Letter from Miles Dixon to the Sierra Leone Company
Lost Kingdoms of Africa, Episode 2.2: The Zulu Kingdom
Recommended: Africa’s Great Civilizations, Episode 6: Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations
Optional: Gates’ African Civilizations
This is an essay, which means it needs to have all the components of a formal writing assignment: a title, an introduction, a thesis, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Please use 12-point font, Times New Roman or Calibri, double space, and 1-inch margins. Be sure to include your name and section (CRN#) at the top of the paper. You may use a citation form (MLA or Chicago/Turabian) of your own choosing, just be consistent. Citing guides are available from the library website. Essays need to be composed and uploaded to Blackboard in Microsoft Word. Please label your file LAST NAME_MIDTERM.
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