If you agree that American has to original sins, one being the treatment of native peoples and the other being slavery, then this course is essential to understanding the roots of the latter for the expanding British Empire, for the founding and success of America's economy, and for the legacy of massive disruption and decline of West African societies, economies, and cultures. Dr. Bell is a brilliant lecturer whose course sessions were riveting, and deeply illuminating. The whole of the three course sessions was even greater than the sum of the brilliant parts.
Dr. Bell’s engaging and enlightening instruction of the transatlantic slave trade, although difficult to confront; brings the context and details to life. This seminar helped me understand so many of my whys not only of our history but of the ramifications that we continue to struggle with today. History comes alive and is deeply thought provoking.
This course is interesting and Dr. Bell is very engaging. I highly recommend it. I learned a great deal that I didn't know about this disturbing aspect of world history.
The Transatlantic Slave Trade is a difficult topic in our history which Dr. Bell handles with great sensitivity while still presenting the facts. This is a three lecture course, and I am looking forward to the next two lectures. I also want to note that Dr. Bell encourages everyone to participate when he asks discussion questions. It makes the whole lecture experience more interesting.
Fabulous! Dr. Bell brings it all to life. He is a wonderful lecturer - very well informed and thought provoking.