Analysis Of Basil Davidson 's The Black Slave Trade

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Over generations, Africa has been stripped from its truth and robbed from its historic contributions. Although the people of Africa greatly contributed to the world with their countless genius innovations, their recognition was nearly nonexistent. The endured hardships that were rooted by the Europeans during and after the Trans-Atlantic slave trade has led many to believe that the continent of Africa was inhabited by degenerates. This seemed to have become the single story of Africa. Basil Davidson set out to destroy that single story, which haunted this continent for hundreds of years. Davidson does so by bringing the truth to light with his various videos, each of which consists of informative interviews and educational commentaries on…show more content…
Europeans believed that it was their duty to civilize the inhabitants of Africa through the spread of Christianity. Contrary to the beliefs of Europeans, Africans were very hardworking and progressive people, which is proven by the longevity of the ancient civilizations, such as Egypt and Kush 's, survival that lasted roughly 3000 years. Khapoya states "Ancient Egyptians were the first people in recorded history to develop such a large-scale national kingdom and multinational empire". (Khapoya, 69) These two kingdoms were strategically placed along the Nile allowing for the entire Nile civilization to benefit from the fertile soil provided by the Nile for crops as well as the waterway system, which served for protection, travel, and trade. The main focus addressed in "Different but Equal" by Davidson is adequately supported by the main themes found throughout the aforementioned video. Together, the previously stated themes enlighten its audience with the rarely discussed history of Africa, which in conclusion points to the innovative thinking of African people. The Nile civilization exemplifies that Africans were leaders and visionaries as opposed to degenerates of the white man. In addition to "Different but Equal", Davidson narrates a similar video, which also relays vital

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