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Africans In America; Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750); Interview with John Fynn, 1996

Part of Africans in America.


John Fynn is interviewed about the first Europeans in America and how trade began with Africa, beginning of the slave trade, impact of the gun on Africa, existence of slavery in Africa, unholy alliance between African and European traders, traditions, expertise and skills that African people brought to America, the journey from the castles of Ghana to America, the treatment Africans received from the slavers.

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Africans In America
Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750)
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Interview with John Fynn, 1996

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Broadcast: October 1998 This series explores the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another. The series opens in the 16th century on Africa's Gold Coast with the European and African trade, and ends on the eve of the American Civil War in 1861. Africans in America examines the economic and intellectual foundations of slavery in America and the global economy that prospered from it. The series reveals how the presence of African people and their struggle for freedom transformed America. Series release date: 10/1998

Program Description

101 The Terrible Transformation (1562–1750)--Examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in recorded history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies laid the groundwork for a system of racial slavery which generates profits that ensure the colonies' growth and survival. Producers: Orlando Bagwell and Susan Bellows.



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Race and Ethnicity
Smith, Llewellyn (Series Producer)
Fynn, John (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

Chicago: “Africans In America; Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750); Interview with John Fynn, 1996,” 10/11/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 16, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6C7AC02BAE3340C8964610DC11FFB280.
MLA: “Africans In America; Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750); Interview with John Fynn, 1996.” 10/11/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 16, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6C7AC02BAE3340C8964610DC11FFB280>.
APA: Africans In America; Terrible Transformation, The (1562–1750); Interview with John Fynn, 1996. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6C7AC02BAE3340C8964610DC11FFB280
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