African Slavery: An Ongoing Holocaust

Simon Webb

African Slavery: An Ongoing Holocaust
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
United Kingdom
30 March 2023

African Slavery: An Ongoing Holocaust

Simon Webb

The transatlantic slave trade, about which so much has been heard in recent years, would have been impossible without the willing and enthusiastic cooperation of African leaders. Slavery was a common practice in Africa long before the arrival of Europeans. The trade in black slaves, who were transported from Africa to America and the islands of the Caribbean, was made possible by the African traders who benefited from the arrangement. Even when Europe and America outlawed slavery and the slave trade, those living in Africa clung tenaciously to their old ways and refused to relinquish what was, to them, a time-honoured custom. It is for this reason that slavery lingers on in Africa to this day.

In this book, Simon Webb explores the history of slavery in Africa and finds that it was not something imposed upon the continent by Europeans, but was rather an integral part of many, perhaps most, cultures. Even when the British deployed their army and navy to try to suppress the trade in slaves during the nineteenth century, their efforts were largely ineffectual because many societies saw no reason to give up such an old, useful and profitable system.

At a time when the subject of the transatlantic slave trade is seldom out of the news, this book provides a vital corrective to the popularly accepted view of the matter. Nobody reading Slavery in Africa will ever view the slavery and the slave trade in quite the same light again.

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