Mr. G's AP World History

Chapter 20

Africa and the Africans in the Age of the Atlantic Slave Trade

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Notice how inhumanely the Europeans packed their ships

Think these heinous labor conditions are only a thing of the past? Think again. Hundreds of millions of human beings currently work in toxic, dangerous, slave-like conditions. Not only that, but their work–work done to satisfy the appetites of the developed world–often further contributes to the environmental destruction of the planet. If you’re curious, watch the following documentary.  Follow award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky as he visits what he calls manufactured landscapes: slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China, and a place in Bangladesh where ships are taken apart for recycling. In China, workers gather outside the factory, exhorted by their team leader to produce more and make fewer errors. A woman assembles a circuit breaker, and women and children are seen picking through debris or playing in it. Burtynsky concludes with a visit to Shanghai, the world’s fastest growing city, where wealth and poverty, high-rises and old neighborhoods are side by side. 

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