Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans?


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Why were most slaves in America from West Africa? Slavery has existed throughout history in various forms across the globe, but who became enslaved was almost always based on military conquest. So why did Europeans travel thousands of miles to enslave people from a particular geographic region? Watch the episode to find out.

Written and Hosted By: Danielle Bainbridge
Graphics By: Noelle Smith
Edited By: Mike Petrow
Fact Check: Sarah Edwards
Produced By: Kornhaber Brown (www.kornhaberbrown.com)

Works Cited
The reaper’s garden: death and power in the world of Atlantic slavery Vincent Brown
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Hortense Spillers “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book”
Jennifer Morgan Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery

Saltwater Slavery Stephanie Smallwood
Saidiya Hartman
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Capitalism and Slavery Eric Williams
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Theorising development in Africa: towards building an African framework of development Munyaradzi Mawere
Britain’s Black Debt Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide Hilary Beckles




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