Project title: History of slavery and its impact on the contemporary society.
This study has three major objectives;
To explore the depth of slavery and slave trade between the Western Countries and the African Nations and its impact on the contemporary society.
To find mechanisms that was used to abolish slavery and their effectiveness.
To provide the impacts of the Atlantic slave Trade activities on Africa and the contemporary societies today.
The proposed project aimed at explaining the influence of Slavery on the contemporary society.to capture this a review of how Slavery and slave trade swept across several nationalities, cultures and religions became paramount. In particular this was to be traced from ancient times to our present day today. According to history, slavery first appeared as an established institution in Mesopotamia in 1860 BC. and later widespread in Europe during Dark Ages with further developments experienced in the Middle Ages. After 1600 during the Atlantic trade, many West Africa countries, French, British, and Arabs among others played key role in slavery and slave trade. As a result, history records that slavery did not only happen because of need to have cheap labor for economic development rather it was a sign of superiority among western countries. Additionally, exploitation and racism became pronounced with the effect still vivid in today’s society. Through racism inferiority complex a distinction was drawn between the marginalized race and their white counterparts.
The project further deduces the resulted consequences of slavery. These include: loss of lives and property, deterioration of cultures, rape, psychological torture and constant rivalry and territorial war among neighboring states that scrambled over the cheap labor. The project will also examine Slavery is a source classism system. Americans enjoyed superiority over Africans. This spread to most nations bridging a gap between the rich and the poor. In addition, during this phase merits and demerits of classism will be exuberantly discussed with key interest in the modern society’s politics and economic developments.
In order to abolish slavery, nations had to come to a consensus, write and sign treaties that will defend any further exploitation. These were documented and passed to all affected states. Compensation of ill-fated African American nations was encouraged to ensure no future wrangle. However, racism and social class difference arising to optimum, the approach seemed unworthy. Therefore, the project will capture more illustrations on how Atlantic trade became the center of slave trade with predominance experienced in European nations and the Arabs. Additionally, the project will explain how these steps have impacted the contemporary society and our need to ensure no further exploitations are experienced.
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