Rhetorical Analysis Of Why Africans Were Enslaved?

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Rhetorical Analysis of Why Africans were Enslaved

In the article, “Why Africans were Enslaved?”, written by Eric Williams, he makes evident the opinions of several historians including his own, regarding slavery and its origin. Some of the historians’ ideas complement one another with overlapping aspects concerning the origin of slavery, but their ideas also differ in a multitude of ways. For example, some historians believe that racism did not cause slavery, slavery was a result of racism. Other historians believe that slavery derived solely from an economic standpoint and that multiple cultures were consequently enslaved because of a desire for inexpensive labor. There are many different contributing factors to the ideas of how slavery began, Williams uses many rhetorical tools like purpose, logos, ethos, and pathos to convey these opinions of the historians to his audience. The purpose of this piece is to give alternate perceptions of the origin of slavery from the standpoint of a historian. Although, the message may seem genuine and frank, this article remains to be a list of authors’ opinions who are Caucasian and hold an underlying bias toward the idea of slavery. There are no African historians featured in this article, therefore, there is no conflicting argument to give the audience another idea to consider. Yes, the historians have different standpoints about how economic driven slavery was regarded and they are to a certain degree valid. However, there are no
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