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Wednesday, February 12, 1997

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  • A Look at the Transatlantic Slave Trade

    As part of Black History Month, and to commemorate the birthday of
    President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Emancipation Proclamation
    on January 1st, 1863, today on Democracy Now a special look at the
    transatlantic slave trade. We’ll examine many of the historical and
    political questions raised by the largest forced migration in human
    history with voices as varied as Martin Luther King, Cornel West,
    Molefe Asante and Nkeichi Taifa of today’s black reparations
    movement.

  • Horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, US Failure to Apologize

    The horrors of the transatlantic slave trade are still being
    discovered to this day. What is clear, however, is that millions
    perished and tens of millions more were brutally enslaved. Still,
    the US government has yet to officially apologize for slavery.
    Unlike the families of the Nazi holocaust or Japanese families
    incarcerated in California detention camps during World War II, the
    descendants of slaves have never received any compensation for more
    than 200 years of legal slavery.

  • The Slave Trade

    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.