By Alton Hornsby Jr.
A spouse to African American background is a set of unique and authoritative essays prepared thematically and topically, masking a variety of matters from the 17th century to the current day.
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- Includes discussions of globalization, sector, migration, gender, classification and social forces that make up the large cultural textile of African American background
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Some of these commodities, notably gold and captives, were transported ACTC01 19 22/09/2005, 5:34 PM 20 augustine konneh across the Sahara to pay for salt mined in the Sahara, horses, prestige cloth, and other luxury goods. The trade in West Africa was facilitated by landlord–stranger reciprocities. Hosts accorded strangers safety and security for their possessions in return for acknowledgment of their prerogatives as landlords, including the rights to levy taxes, to act as middlemen in trade, and to allocate land use.
The Mandinka people of West Africa were and still are excellent blacksmiths – highly skilled and respected artisans who have been plying their ancient and fundamental craft for generations, forging the same vital products and employing the same technology. Mandinka blacksmiths smelted ores when necessary, but preferred to use imported iron when it was available (Konneh 1996). Blacksmiths manufactured guns for hunting and made drums for chiefs. They were particularly signiﬁcant for agricultural tools such as hoes, knives, and cutlasses.
Bloom 1987: 63) Africa is no vast island, separated by an immense ocean from other portions of the globe, and cut off through the ages from the men who have made and inﬂuenced the destinies of mankind. She has been closely connected, both as source and nourisher, with some of the most potent inﬂuences which have affected for the good the history of the world. (Blyden 1880, quoted in Davidson 1991: frontispiece) This chapter is a historiographic critique. It is a critique of the conventional historiographies of modernity and their histories; historiographies and histories constructed on a foundation of racialized epistemologies.