F. Ev’one yaY Eulasson Exposes Africans' Participation in TransAtlantic Slave Trade

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‘SOMETIMES THE DIASPORA BEGINS AT HOME’ addresses continental Africans’ slave trade activities of their own people and their reasons for doing it

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According to author F. Ev’one yaY Eulasson, there exist in some current societies the memory of ancestral involvement in past enslaving activities for which they have created ceremonies and graven images to atone for their forbearers’ predatory practices. Many of the abducted unfortunates, besides being incorporated into the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (TAST), were sold into other slavery systems as well.

“SOMETIMES THE DIASPORA BEGINS AT HOME” addresses the participation of some continental Africans, (i.e., indigenous members of various linguistic, religious, and cultural communities) who aided and abetted the European slave traders during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (TAST). They committed innumerable acts of kidnapping on their neighbors with whom they co inhabited the African continent’s sub-Saharan regions: Western, Central, and to a lesser extent, Eastern.

The result of Ev’one yaY Eulasson’s research confirms that some Africans did indeed capture and sell fellowAfricans to whomever was willing to buy them. Along with being incorporated into the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Africans were sold into the ubiquitous internal networks for which there is a dearth of verifiable documentation translated into English, however many of the European slave ship captains maintained fairly good ship-logs of their slave purchases. Their records have been examined, catalogued, and categorized by several notable historians and scholars. This book will refer to their findings as evidence that kidnapping’s contribution to the human-commodity commerce was substantial. The overarching reason for perpetrating this action seems to have been self-aggrandizement through the accumulation of material riches.

In the case of the TAST, the customers were principally Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, British, and North American, most of whom enriched themselves and their home countries tremendously off the deliberate misuse of ensnared humans who benefited not. They were considered commodities or things to be bought and exploited by the end users.

“SOMETIMES THE DIASPORA BEGINS AT HOME” will expose to readers the reality that the management and conduct of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on the African side was not solely the province of great polities, monarchies, and nobilities, nor was the kidnapping of Africans confined to the Europeans in concert with African “rogue” ne’er-do-wells. The author believes that it was a lucrative enterprise in which Africans, irrespective of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, economic, or social considerations, participated in order to exploit the wealth-generating opportunities offered by the expanding and flourishing trade.

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About the Author
Ev’one yaY Eulasson , an accomplished veteran actor, has had a career in theater, television, and film that dates back to the mid-1960s. Raised in Chicago, Eulasson dropped out in high school at the age of sixteen and joined the United States Marine Corps. While on active duty, he passed the GED exam. He was accepted as a probationary student at Wilson Junior College in Chicago. He won an academic scholarship to Roosevelt University and got a bachelor’s degree. In 1968, Eulasson co-produced a summer street-theater touring company for the city of Chicago, and in 1969, he co-founded a theater group, EX-BAG, which mounted many successful productions. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a film career. Migrating to Los Angeles in 1970, Eulasson enrolled in Open-Door Writers’ Program offered by the Writers Guild of America west. In 1973, he produced the world premiere of his own play, OR. In 1975, Eulasson helped organize a theater group which produced many plays.In 1980, he produced his musical comedy, SLEEP NO MORE that went on to subsequent productions by the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center and the Shakespeare Society of Los Angeles. In 1986, he sponsored a series of play readings every Saturday morning, which ran from 1988 through 1991. A card-carrying actor now for almost 50 years, Eulasson has spoken with elementary school students from time to time.

Publication Date: February 3, 2014
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