The Slave Trade

February 12, 1997
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Slavery has been practiced for thousands of years and justified by
many religions. But slavery changed over the years and what
happened off the west coast of Africa and the Americas starting in
the 16th and 17th centuries was qualitatively different than
anything the world had seen before.

To help put slavery in a historical and religious context is
Professor Ali Mazrui, a professor of humanities at the State
University of New York at Binghampton and the host of the
critically-acclaimed nine-part series for PBS and the BBC — The
Africans. He spoke recently at Columbia University.

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PROFESSOR ALI MAZRUI, a professor of humanities at the State
University of New York at Binghampton and the host of the
critically-acclaimed nine-part series for PBS and the BBC — The
Africans.