||Henry Louis Gates Jr.|
This film is part of a six-part series produced and presented by Henry
Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS television. It explores the African side of the
slave trade. According to Gates: "Europeans often acted as junior
partners to African rulers, merchants, and middlemen in the slave
trade. . . .When Europeans first initiated a trading relationship with
West Africans in the mid-15th century they encountered well-established
and highly-developed political organizations and competitive regional
commercial networks. . . . Understanding the dynamics of African
complicity in the slave trade is important in understanding Africans as
historically active and diverse human beings. This understanding should
not detract from the horrors of the slave trade or from its American
legacy of inequality and racism."
Post-film discussion led by David Hostetter.
Henry Louis Gates.
About the PBS series.
About the 2007 Appalachian Writer in Residence