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Last Hurrah of Nixon's 'New Majority'?

delen Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 8:05 AM
Origins of Slavery In Africa As in many places around the world, early African slavery likely resulted from warring groups taking captives. Such captives were of little use and often some bother, when kept close to their homes because of the ease of escape. Therefore, they were often sold, transported to more distant places. Warfare was not however the only reason for Africans to practice slavery. In many African societies, slavery represented 1 of the few methods of producing wealth available to common people. Throughout the African continent there was little recognition of rights to private landholding, "until colonial officials began imposing European law in the 19th century." Land was typically held communally by villages or
delen Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 8:05 AM
large clans, was allotted to families according to their need.

The amount of land a family needed was determined by the # of laborers that family could marshal to work the land.

To increase production, a family had to invest in more laborers, thus increase their share of land.

"The simplest and quickest way to do this was to invest in slaves."

"To help service this demand, many early African societies conducted slave raids on distant villages."

Traditional African practices of slavery were altered to some extent beginning in the 7th century by 2 non-African groups of slave traders: Arab Muslims, Europeans.

From the 7th-20th century, Arab Muslims raided, traded for black African slaves in W-C-E Africa, sending 1000's of slaves each
delen Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 8:06 AM
year to N-Africa, parts of Asia.

From the 15th-19th century, Europeans bought millions of slaves in W-C-E Africa, sent them to Europe, the Caribbean, N-C-S America.

These 2 overlapping waves of transcontinental slave trading made the slave trade central to the economies of many African states and threatened many more Africans with enslavement.

The trans-Saharan slave trade grew significantly from the 10th-15th century, as vast African empires such as Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Kanem-Bornu developed south of the Sahara, marshaling the slave trade.

Arab slave raiders also penetrated south, up the Nile River to present-day Ethiopia, capturing 1000's of slaves, sending them down the Nile to Egypt.

10,000,000 m-w-c slaves went to Moslem lands !

Looking back all the way to America's Civil War, there have been three dominant presidential coalitions.

The first was Abraham Lincoln's. With his war to restore the Union and his martyrdom, Lincoln inaugurated an era of Republican dominance that lasted more than seven decades and saw only two Democratic presidents: Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson.

The second coalition was FDR's, where he and his vice president Harry Truman won five consecutive presidential elections. Only Gen. Eisenhower could break that streak.

The third was Richard Nixon's New Majority, cobbled together after his narrow 1968 victory, where he annexed the...