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Inside this Book – Africa AVitkout History They came ashore in nakedness and hunger, but were lucky to be alive. The months before had been a living nightmare; for many now the deliverance from that nightmare would be a brief prelude to death itself. The slave trade had begun to kill them; disease would finish the job. And whatever the survivors would then remember could be only a series of jagged and traumatic sufferings. Seized in their villages along the West African coast-land, these once able-bodied men and women had been dragged to slave prisons on the coast itself, infamous barracoons where, well guarded by their captors, they had lingered for weeks, even months, until a slaving ship bound for the Americas at last came by, and anchored for just long enough to buy them from their captors. Once they were aboard the ship for the Americas, their misery became worse. Privations had been bad in the “old days” of the Atlantic slave trade, before the trade began to be made illegal early in the nineteenth century: according to such statistics as may be found, about one in seven of all the captives shipped for Basil Davidson.
Inside this book –The Black Man’s Burden PDF Book by Basil Davidson – A large though unknown number of these recaptives died within months or a few years of being set ashore; but a substantial core of survivors stubbornly remained. Coming from distant homelands along the coast, at first speaking a multitude of mutually incomprehensible languages, this unique community of rescued people rose gradually from great wretchedness in their new land to become a people with a notable history ahead of it. Save in Liberia and two or three free black communities in the New World, there was no other people like them. They had been liberated from the destiny of enslavement across the seas. At the same time, they were now cut sharply adrift from their own homeland cultures, and in the circumstances could not rejoin those cultures. They had to build a new life for themselves, and necessarily within a culture which they must forge for themselves. Ashore in Sierra Leone, settled in villages around Freetown or in Freetown itself, they little by little created a common language, a modified English known as Krio (Creole in English), invented forms of self-administration or adapted those they remembered from home, and at the same time embraced an ardent Christianity in place of their native religions.
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- Full Book Name – The Black Man’s Burden
- Author of this Book – Basil Davidson
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Nonfiction, Africa, Cultural, History
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- eBook Pages – 310
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