“From John Locke to Thomas Jefferson: The Black Diamonds Rush of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the U.K. and the U.S.-Focus on Religion, Race, Chattel Slavery and Penal Ethics.”
This book is a narrative of the use of religion, the law, race, economic interests, military might, and politics to enslave Africans between the 17th and the 19th centuries in what is considered the Black Diamonds Rush akin to the Gold Rush of California. Starting with the Portuguese, Spain, the Dutch, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, and France, and dominated by the British Empire, the book provides a historical narrative that reflects on the arguments in defense of the transatlantic slave trade and its mutation into chattel slavery from the famous British philosopher John Locke and Thomas Jefferson, the Third President of the United States. Both men were slave traders and slave masters. The book contends that the central arguments asserted by Locke and Jefferson continue to characterize the humanity of Black people in the West. As a reflection of Blacks’ social and intellectual deconstruction of the race-based arguments of Locke, Jefferson, and other Western intellectual figures including David Hume and Georg Hegel, the book draws on the works of W. E. B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, and Ida B. Wells. The goal of the book is prescriptive. It provides ways to discuss the prevailing race-based climate in the United States and the United Kingdom. Coming Soon!
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