Community and Independence in 'Africa and Africans'
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This paper reviews the perspectives put forth by John Thornon in his book 'Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800'. The paper specifically looks at a large number of examples in Thornon's book, showing how community was created and maintained by the African people as they came to the New World, as well as some of the pre-existing conditions in Africa prior to colonization and enslavement.
From the Paper:"The perspective on African cultures and commercialism presented by Thornton in his book Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800 is primarily that the African people who were eventually assimilated into colonial European and American culture were intensely capable, independent and adaptable. He does this through many examples of Africans' competencies and skills, as well as their seemingly indestructible integrity and resourcefulness, as will be seen below. One of Thornton's early examples is the African people's ability to provide for their own basic needs, even after contact with Europeans and the initiation of early trade with them. Despite some views of Africans as "backwards" at that time, Thornton shows that they were "quite capable of providing for the continent's needs" (44)."
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