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The Origins of the African Slave Trade

By Piero Scaruffi

In 1807 Britain outlawed slavery. In 1820 the king of the African kingdom of Ashanti inquired why the Christians did not want to trade slaves with him anymore, since they worshipped the same god as the Muslims and the Muslims were continuing the trade like before.

The civil rights movement of the 1960’s have left many people with the belief that the slave trade was exclusively a European/USA phenomenon and only evil white people were to blame for it. This is a simplistic scenario that hardly reflects the facts. Thousands of records of transactions are available on a CDROM prepared by Harvard University and several comprehensive books have been published recently on the origins of modern slavery (namely, Hugh Thomas’ The Slave Trade and Robin Blackburn’s The Making Of New World Slavery) that shed new light on centuries of slave trading.

What these records show is that the modern slave trade flourished in the early middle ages, as early as 869, especially between Muslim traders and western African kingdoms. For moralists, the most important aspect of that trade should be that Muslims were selling goods to the African kingdoms and the African kingdoms were paying with their own people. In most instances, no violence was necessary to obtain those slaves.

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American Experience: Ronald Reagan FULL Documentary (VIDEO)

With Russia back in the news and our economy still trying to recover, I felt it would be helpful to review this pretty decent overview of Ronald Reagan’s impact on those two subjects about 30 years ago. Its not perfect as far as political bias is concerned, lets just say it’s PBS and features Chris Matthews and disgruntled family members, but its still a worthwhile watch since it covers so many events. Enjoy, compare and contrast to today. Here’s one, skip to around 3:29:50 to compare how Reagan’s Iran Contra was handled by the news media to how Benghazi, Fast & Furious and the IRS targetting scandals were handled by our news media today… – Mr. B