chapter  6
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The Suppression of the African Slave Trade: A Reflexive Analysis of Structural Functionalism and Cultural Relevance

WithJames L. Conyers

This chapter provides a reflexive analysis of Du Bois's study while inspecting structural functionalism and cultural relevance. Du Bois's "The Suppression of the African Slave Trade" was originally his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University where he was awarded a PhD degree in 1895. In discussing a controversial issue such as the enslavement of Africans there is a necessity for African scholars to have the duality of effectively communicating with individuals outside and inside the academic community. Black folk expression mirrored the impact which living black in a white-dominated land could have on a people. Observably, the enslavement of Africans is a topic that has to be examined from a systems analysis, which draws query such as, what is the axiological base of Africana historiography investigated from an alternative analysis or the merits of internationalization of examining the residual aspects of enslavement in contemporary times.