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Connections: A Culturally Historical Prospective of West African to African American

Explore the Historical Contents of African American Heritage

Index
This page contains the CONNECTIONS Index at a glance.

About This Site
This multimedia presentation has an emphasis on the cultural history of West Africans.

Old Kingdom
The Old Kingdoms - Ghana, Mali, and Songhay - were ancient, highly-structured civilizations with rich traditions of music, art, religion, and agriculture.

The Capture
Million of West Africans were taken away against their will on slaves ships in the middle passage to create a new world in the Americas.

Middle Passage
The history of the Atlantic Slave Trade is the story of an estimated thirty to sixty million Africans who experienced a long and dehumanizing journey from the West Coast of Africa to South America, the caribbean, and North America.

Enslavement
Africans were actors on the stage of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Copyright and Credits
Contains a Copyright statement and a list of resources used.

African American Content
African American content is linked from this page.

West African to African American Introduction

(48K) This multimedia presentation has an emphasis on the cultural history of West Africans who were uprooted and separated from their ancient lands, homes, families, music, art, literature, and philosophy in West Africa; and who were brought to the West African coast in chains to wait for a slave ship to carry them across the Atlantic Ocean to America: who were survivors of the psychologically affecting and dreaded Middle Passage; who were survivors of the 'Peculiar Institution' in America; who were survivors of the American Revolution, slave bills and laws, slave revolts, and jim crowism to emerge African Americans.

This cultural historical perspective will include the CONNECTIONS between the rich history of West Africa via the civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay and the rich history of African Americans via their survival of the Middle Passage, the 'Peculiar Institution', and the American Revolution and its aftermath. Moreover, this cultural historical perspective will include the CONNECTIONS between the rich musical traditions of West Africans and the musical traditions African Americans contributed via slave songs, spirituals, ragtime, blues, jazz, and gospel to the United States of America.

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Dr. T. Clifford Bibb (tcbibb@asunet.alasu.edu)
Alabama State University
Chair, Advancement Studies
915 South Jackson Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36101

Copyright © 1996, Kelvin Tarrance, Revised: May 3, 1996
URL:http://www.orat.ilstu.edu/students/kgtarra/