History in the Making

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Accompanying the dawn of the twenty-first century, there has emerged a new era of historical thinking that has created the need to reexamine the history of slavery and slave resistance. Slavery has become a controversial topic that historians and scholars throughout the world are reevaluating. In this modern period, which is finally beginning to honor the ideas and ideals of equality, slavery is the black mark of our past; and the task now lies before the world to derive a better understanding of slavery. In order to better understand slavery, it is crucial to have a more acute awareness of those that endured it. Throughout the period of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in West Africa, slaves consistently resisted slavery as both a condition and as an institution. Slaves represented various ages, tribes, sexes, regions, but resistance was its one true constant theme that crossed all other categories. Examining the different stages of slave resistance during the height of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Africa, and the diverse ways in which Africans stood against the practice of slavery, researchers will better understand not only the people who endured slavery, but the institution of slavery itself.