Abina And The Important Men Analysis

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Ever since there has been humanity, slavery has been a mechanism used by people in order to subjugate and dehumanize other individuals. Abina and the Important Men is a book that illustrates how slavery was still able to manifest, even after it had been abolished within British society. By enslaving young women under the false pretense that the individuals were wards, powerful African leaders and British rulers were able to maintain a social hierarchy where African women occupied the lowest rung. The trafficking of Africans through the Transatlantic Slave Trade, brought wealth to European and other western nations as well as African leaders who were willing to cooperate. Europeans, such as the Portuguese, British, and French, first began arriving to Africa in the 16th century since they were drawn by the valuable resources that could be found in coastal, African societies. Early on, African leaders were able to maintain power over the Europeans and prevented the foreigners…show more content…
The trial was used to paint Abina as a complainer since there were other young girls who worked for Quamina Eddoo who did not report him or his sister. Another way Abina’s was silenced was the fact that her perspective was not recorded. Even though the court case was documented by an observer in the court, Abina’s personal narrative was not. It is probable to assume that Abina was illiterate since she was a slave from a young age and would not have been provided the opportunity of education. Due to this fact, the audience is unaware if the represented story of Abina is an accurate depiction of her story. The documented court hearing provides the reader with a strong sense of who the powerful men are in the room since the dialog was dominated by the men. Another reason why Abina’s story was quieted was because of her
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