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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Impact of the Slave Trade — Through a Ghanaian Lens

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. How do Ato Ashun and Trevor Getz describe society around Cape Coast prior to the Atlantic slave trade?
  2. What does the physical structure of Cape Coast Castle under the British, including its dungeons, tell us about the Atlantic slave trade?
  3. What, according to Ato Ashun, were some of the economic impacts of the Atlantic slaving system on the coastal region?
  4. According to Akosua Perbi, how did the Atlantic slaving system affect how people lived?
  5. What impacts of the Atlantic slaving system does Wilhelmina Donkoh focus on in her interview?
  6. How does Ato Ashun say that the evidence of the Atlantic slave trade, in the dungeons of Cape Coast Castle, affected him personally?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. How did the Atlantic slave trade affect Ghana, in terms of all three frames used in this course? Do you think these effects were the same in other regions of Africa? Why or why not?
  2. If you were a guide for tourists visiting Cape Coast Castle, what would you want them to know?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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