Africa and Africans Were Central to the Making of the Modern World

Africa and Africans Were Central to the Making of the Modern World
A bedstead market in Addis Ababa, the capital of what was then Abyssinia, Jan. 1, 1930 (AP photo).

Almost everything about the conventional narrative of the history of Europe’s Age of Exploration and Empire is wrong, particularly where it concerns the role of Africa and Africans. Africa was a central focus of the early period of European exploration in the late 15th century and continued to be central to the plantation economies established in the European colonies of the Americas. And without the labor of enslaved Africans, none of those economies would have been as profitable, or as transformational, as they were. Howard French joined WPR’s Judah Grunstein this week on Trend Lines to discuss his fifth and […]

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