The Digitalization of Knowledge:
Tribal Ignorance and the African Diaspora
Paul E. Lovejoy FRSC
Distinguished Research Professor
Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History
Illustrations #47-71: The individuals of
Despite the ways in which people
identified through religious expression or otherwise confronted the conditions of slavery,
they were still individuals, wrenched from social and kin relationships that were severed
permanently, whatever attempts to substitute for these lost relationships achieved.
Individuals were isolated in their history of enslavement, but previous social realities
are often apparent in the facial, body and physical features of identification that have
been recorded in the idealized images of slavery from various sources. The great variety
of identifying features seen in these representations are suggested in Illustrations No.
46-70; Muslims are identifiable as as as sub-group of "Africans" in No. 64-70.
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