No study on the History of Africa is complete without a look at the role of slavery in Africa. When most of us think of slavery we think of plantations in the southern US, but that is only part of the story – and not even the biggest part.
This portion of our podcast series on the History of Africa breaks down the look at slavery in Africa’s history into three parts. This first part looks at slavery within the African continent itself. This system predated the systems of slavery that occurred in East Africa (part 2) and the Atlantic (part 3) by centuries. The widespread established systems of slavery in Africa operated as a network of trade that European and Arab traders later exploited.
Slavery is not unique to Africa, but the scale at which this trade in human flesh developed dysfunctionalized the development of many parts of the African continent and that dysfunction permeates all the way to today.
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