Midterm Examination Review
Nile Valley civilizations
Transatlantic Slave Trade
Societies with Slaves
Fugitive Slave Act
The Middle Passage
Possible Essay Questions:
The transatlantic slave trade is the most consequential and transformative aspect of the development of the African Diaspora. Discuss the development of the slave trade. Who was involved? What places and peoples were impacted? What was the human cost? How did the slave trade precipitate the diaspora? In Part One of Homegoing(Effia – Abena), how has Gyasi complicated our understanding of the slave trade and slavery? Does literature/fiction add to our historical understanding of the diaspora? If so, how?
Slavery established a racial hierarchy throughout the Diaspora. How did race-based slavery develop? How were racial differences codified in the law? Did racial slavery differ across the diaspora? If so, how?
During slavery, enslaved people used a variety of methods to resist their captivity. Discuss at least two methods with great detail.
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