African Americans In The Colonial Era: From African Origins Through The American Revolution
African Americans in the Colonial Era: From African Origins through the American Revolution was written by Donald R. Wright and published by Harlan Davidson Incorporated. Donald R. Wright is a Professor of African American History at Suny Cortland. His other works consist of African Americans in the Early Republic and The World and a Very Small Place in Africa. Wright received his B.A. from DePauw University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Wright progresses the book along a chronological time frame studying the African plight from the shores of Africa to the coast of the British Colonies. Once arriving at the colonies he breaks up his discussion based upon geographical location and explains how slavery in each area evolved. Finally Wright concludes with the African Americans in a post revolutionary America and how the ruling class would create a second class citizen. Throughout the book Wright is trying to develop a theme that racism was not only based upon ethnicity, but the south?s belief that only through slavery could the region survive economically.
The slave trade lasted from 1450 through 1808. During this time frame estimates range from five to twenty million human lives
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