Analysis Of 12 Years A Slave, By Solomon Northrup

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Slavery was a key component in the establishment of the United States. Without slavery, the Europeans wouldn’t have much success in expanding the New World. As for the slaves, people assume that they were captured Africans sold to explorers, entrepreneurs and slave-owners for profit in the expansion of land, faster production in crops, and made life easier for the White-Angelo-sax(Europeans). But, what many American schools fail to recognize, is the religious affirmation of the enslaved, Islam for starters. Last year, I saw a movie called “12 Years a Slave” by Solomon Northrup and it was his memoir based on being born as a free man and sold into slavery after he was tricked and kidnapped. But the movie never once discussed the impact Islam …show more content…
“Increased contact with cultural, religious, and ethnic differences stimulated the growth of the new disciplines…practitioners…sought to translate both the cultures and the text of other societies into Western European and American vernaculars...”(97). He also points out many of the Muslim people that where enslaved came from West Africa. What GhanaeaBassiri doesn’t mention in the text is statistical fact that can be proven about how many Muslims were entangled in the triangular-trade. While reading I noticed that the author had a lot of quotes and references from other scholars book, so that made me question the authenticity of the text and question if there assumption of Muslim slaves were true. In class we discussed the importance of names and how some Islamic names are based on words in the Qur’an. Those are ways historian can trace back the amount of Muslims that were enslaved and documented entering the New World. The only way to find the true lineage of a person is through last name, for example my last name is Irish-Scottish and Ireland and Scotland have a majority of Caucasian crowd but I’m black as night. So, it goes to show you that United States is one of the most diverse countries religiously, class based, and Ethnicity. So, back to my earlier question of ,“Whose country is it”, the answer is I don’t

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