“But apart from the church, the white men had also brought a government.” This is a quote from the text “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe thats shows the first months of European colonization of Africa. Colonization is a process by which a central system of power dominates the surrounding land and its components. This is what occurred when the Europeans invaded Africa and took control of the African people and implemented different government systems and religions. Overall colonization occurred because European powers wanted to gain more economic power which caused the people of Africa to be stripped of their freedom and forced to adopt a whole new way of living. Prior to European colonization, Africa consisted of many different cultures and ethnicities.
The primary sources in the Primary Source Readings (PSR) tell us about the many backstories of the Atlantic Slave Trade not explicitly shown in most historical textbooks. Many slave owners, merchants, and lawmakers used religions, laws, and publications to prevent slave rebellions both on plantations and aboard ships. After the Bacon’s Rebellion, the fear of another unpleasant uprising led plantation owners and merchants seeking for a lower risk alternatives, such as adopting the chattel slavery system. In order to prevent any future slave rebellion uprising, they conspired to create a system of suppression towards the people of colors using the Atlantic slave trade. Most importantly, they also controlled the social conducts of Africans by
There are 250 to 400 different ethnic groups in the country. Each ethnic group has its own peculiar language, traditions, and norms beliefs. There are over five hundreds of indigenous languages spoken within the country, namely: Yoruba, Igbo, Fula, Hausa, Edo, Ibibio, Tiv, and English etc. (Olaniyan; 1985) British Colonialism in Africa created a pathway for missionaries to spread Christianity and the word of the Lord in hopes that the people would see the evils in slave trading. As a result, Nigeria became an attractive spot for Christian missionaries.
“Again I will say” history paints us as a person who needed the white institution, but I have always been an advocate for Black being the greatest humans in creation because of what they have endured”. Diana Hayes articulates what it means to be a Black Christian in America. Black liberation theology asks “whose side should God be on—the side of the oppressed (Black people) or the side of the oppressors (White) (Hayes. 83).” The Black historical experience and takes us from the roots of Black theology in Africa, through the revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the civil rights and Black Power movements, to the beginnings of a systematic theology of liberation. The problem here is, If God values justice over victimization, then God desires that all oppressed people should be
The European colonies have played an important role in moulding the African social, economic and cultural existence. Imperialism is considered as the source of colonization and post colonialism in the history of the African nations. Imperialism emerges out as a strong hold in most the colonized nations before Europeans has come to the colonized countries. Imperialism, Colonialism and Post colonialism are the most frequently used terminology of the last centuries. The task of the writers is to present the realistic approach of the ruler and exploitation of the native black African
The revolt forced the Virginia legislature to openly discuss the idea of emancipation, which is “the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation” according to the English dictionary. A much smaller portion of the southern population reached to the conclusion that Nat Turner’s rebellion signaled that slavery should be abolished. This led to a debate in Virginia, which unfortunately the white politicians of that time decided to be against freedom, equality, and emancipation. Instead, they opted for much harsher slave codes including rigorous restrictions and limits on the movement of black slaves, black congregations and the communication of black preachers toward other slaves. Nat Turner was a preacher so Floyd, which was the Governor at that time, and many other leaders believed that the best way to stop future revolts was to restrict black preachers who otherwise would had access and influence over a wide swath of the black populace.
Things Fall Apart Whether British Imperialism in Africa was good or bad is still a hot topic today, despite the fact that it happened a century ago. Imperialism is when the Europeans invaded Africa and colonized it and forced their culture onto the natives. Even though there were definitely some positive effects for Africans, the effects of imperialism in Africa were mostly negative; borders weren't placed well, native Africans were made as slaves, and religion was forced upon them. Some positive results are the following: Europeans brought new crops, some political stability, education/ literacy, and better medical care including hospitals and medicines. These were indeed beneficial to the African people, but the long term negative consequences outnumber the long term positive greatly.
Africa, consequently, might have worshipped Satan directly, or indirectly for many, many centuries before the European missionaries came to her rescue. The African chief priests or spiritualists were at their best using satanic magical powers to deceive their fellow poor Africans. We must also note that when Christianity was finally born, the blessings GOD promised
Linguicide The intense feeling and passion that permeates the book does not in any way blind the argument about the colonization of the mind which is laid with clarity and cogency. The work also mentions how the colonizer came armed with Bible and the gun. The speakers of local languages were made to feel ashamed of their own languages. However, to do this, they themselves became masters of African languages, reducing them to writing and authoring the first ever dictionaries and grammars in these languages. They talked to the colonies being oral culture and yet put the Christian Bible in unlimited quantities in even the tiniest African language.
Although the concept of abolition was introduced, action wouldn’t be taken until almost a century later in 1865 with the ratification of the 13th Amendment. During that century slaves had various forms of revolt/ rebellion within the system they were in; this ranged from the simplest action of learning how to read to the most radical of violent uproars. Various free African American activists were vital in bringing awareness to their cause to white America. For example, Frederick Douglass’ work “ levied a powerful indictment against slavery and racism, provided an indomitable voice of hope for his people, embraced antislavery politics and preached his own brand of American ideals” (“Frederick Douglass”). This can be seen in his “What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July?” speech where he states, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?