Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society in the Atlantic World

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society in the Atlantic World

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The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society in the Atlantic World by G. Ugo Nwokeji, Ph.D.

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I would like to introduce to you my latest book, The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society in the Atlantic World, which is being released in September 2010 by Cambridge University Press (CUP). As you know, the human traffic through which many millions of African was forcefully transported to the Americas invokes many fundamental questions. These questions range from why Africa supplied so many captives, how the trade was organized, what its political, social, and cultural implications were, what the gender and ethnic composition was, and how the trade affected the societies involved to the experiences and responses of the unfortunate African victims of the traffic. The answers to these questions are the primary focus of The Slave Trade and Culture. I have sought to dissect these and other knotty questions as carefully as possible--with both sensitivity and candor. I have attempted to tell the story not how other people have envisioned it, but the way it has never been told. The story is told from the primary vantage point of the Bight of Biafra, a major exporting region, extending from the Niger Delta in modern Nigeria to Cape Lopez in modern Gabon.

For details about The Slave Trade and Culture, see the Cambridge University Press website at: http://cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue. asp?isbn=9780521883474 If you are buying directly from the Cambridge University Press, remember to quote the following code for a 20% discount: MS0NWOK. …

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