By Kennell Jackson
Using a question-and-answer layout and organized chronologically by means of period, this readable, energetic learn examines hundred key elements of African-American historical past and tradition, from slavery to the humanities, sciences, civil rights circulate, and extra. travel.
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Griots are keepers and tellers of history. ” Their singing does much to keep the knowledge of the past alive. As they say, “the written word dies with the drying ink. Warrior, scholar, and magician, peasant, tradesman and slave, we offer them the same water for all their thirst. He who is wise shall heed what we say, what we sing…. ” During earlier centuries in West Africa, the griot was a bard or minstrel employed at royal courts, preserving in memory the line of descent of all the ruling families and keeping the record of battles, victories, events.
In 1952, West Germany agreed to make financial reparations to Israel and to organizations serving Jewish people for Nazi atrocities against the Jews during World War II. In 1988, the United States Congress voted an apology and a payment of twenty thousand dollars to some of the oldest survivors of the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. In 1990 and 1991, United Nations Security Council resolutions urged Iraq to pay reparations to Kuwait for the damage done by the Iraqi army during its occupation.
For the most part, West African societies on the coast did not sell their own citizens. Of all these sources, raids, kidnapping, and wars were the most productive in generating people to be sold. This was capture by force. Many young girls and boys were taken for the trade by this method. ” As the demand for slaves increased, Africans organized raids solely for the purpose of capturing bodies. Small, unruly independent parties roamed the countryside. Often these raiders went deep into the interior, miles from the coast, to acquire captives, sending shock waves through the land.