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Abolition in Sierra Leone

Abolition in Sierra Leone
Re-Building Lives and Identities in Nineteenth-Century West Africa


Part of African Identities: Past and Present

  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108473545

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  • Tracing the lives and experiences of 100,000 Africans who landed in Sierra Leone having been taken off slave vessels by the British Navy following Britain's abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, this study focuses on how people, forcibly removed from their homelands, packed onto to slave ships, and settled in Sierra Leone were able to rebuild new lives, communities, and collective identities in an early British colony in West Africa. Their experience illuminates both African and African diaspora history by tracing the evolution of communities forged in the context of forced migration and the missionary encounter in a prototypical post-slavery colonial society. A new approach the major historical field of British anti-slavery, studied not as a history of legal victories (abolitionism) but of enforcement and lived experience (abolition), Richard Anderson reveals the linkages between emancipation, colonization, and identity formation in the Black Atlantic.

    • A new approach to a major field of the history of British anti-slavery, studied not as a history of legal victories (abolitionism) but of enforcement and lived experience (abolition)
    • Unites two major historiographical fields within the history of colonial Africa and of the African diaspora
    • Explores the linkages between emancipation, colonization, and identity formation in the Black Atlantic
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108473545
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 3 maps 12 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Sierra Leone: African Colony, African Diaspora
    1. Liberated African Origins and the Nineteenth Century Slave Trade
    2. Their Own Middle Passage: Voyages to Sierra Leone
    3. “Particulars of Disposal:” Life and Labor after “Liberation”
    4. Liberated African Nations: Ethnogenesis in an African Diaspora
    5. Kings and Companies: Ethnicity and Community Leadership
    6. Religion, Return, and the Making of the Aku
    7. The Cobolo War: Islam, Identity, and Resistance
    Conclusion. Retention or Renaissance? Krio Descendants and Ethnic Identity
    Appendices. I.“Nations” of Children in CMS School Rosters by Probable Coastline of Embarkation, 1816-1824
    II. 1848 Sierra Leone Census
    III.Koelle's Aku Informants
    IV. Liberated African Memorials in Freetown Churches
    Select Bibliography

  • Author

    Richard Peter Anderson, University of Exeter
    Richard Peter Anderson is Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History at the University of Exeter. He has published in journals including Slavery & Abolition, African Economic History, and History in Africa. He is co-editor of Liberated Africans and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-1896 with Henry Lovejoy.

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