Abolitionists Abroad / Edition 1 by Lamin O. Sanneh | 9780674007185 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Abolitionists Abroad / Edition 1

Abolitionists Abroad / Edition 1

by Lamin O. Sanneh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674007182

ISBN-13: 9780674007185

Pub. Date: 11/05/2001

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In 1792, nearly 1,200 freed American slaves crossed the Atlantic and established themselves in Freetown, West Africa, a community dedicated to anti-slavery and opposed to the African chieftain hierarchy that was tied to slavery. Thus began an unprecedented movement with critical long-term effects on the evolution of social, religious, and political institutions in

Overview

In 1792, nearly 1,200 freed American slaves crossed the Atlantic and established themselves in Freetown, West Africa, a community dedicated to anti-slavery and opposed to the African chieftain hierarchy that was tied to slavery. Thus began an unprecedented movement with critical long-term effects on the evolution of social, religious, and political institutions in modern Africa.

Lamin Sanneh's engrossing book narrates the story of freed slaves who led efforts to abolish the slave trade by attacking its base operation: the capture and sale of people by African chiefs. Sanneh's protagonists set out to establish in West Africa colonies founded on equal rights and opportunity for personal enterprise, communities that would be havens for ex-slaves and an example to the rest of Africa. Among the most striking of these leaders is the Nigerian Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a recaptured slave who joined a colony in Sierra Leone and subsequently established satellite communities in Nigeria. The ex-slave repatriates brought with them an evangelical Christianity that encouraged individual spirituality--a revolutionary vision in a land where European missionaries had long assumed they could Christianize the whole society by converting chiefs and rulers.

Tracking this potent African American anti-slavery and democratizing movement through the nineteenth century, Lamin Sanneh draws a clear picture of the religious grounding of its conflict with the traditional chieftain authorities. His study recounts a crucial development in the history of West Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674007185
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/05/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Transatlantic Corridor

Antislavery

Establishment Structures

Antistructure

The American Factor

The Frame of Interpretation

Historiography

1. The American Slave Corridor and the New African Potential

The Historical Significance of Olaudah Equiano

Antislavery and Black Loyalists in the American Revolution

The Black Poor in London

The Sierra Leone Resettlement Plan

Antislavery and Early Colonization in America

Thomas Peters: Moving Antislavery to Africa

Freedom and the Evangelical Convergence

Upsetting the Natural Order

New Light Religion:Pushing at the Boundaries

2. "A Plantation of Religion" and the Enterprise Culture in Africa

Antislavery and Antistructure

David George

Moses Wilkinson

The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion

Paul Cuffee

The Voluntarist Impulse

Christianity and Antinomianism

3. Abolition and the Cause of Recaptive Africans

Sir Charles MacCarthy:Christendom Revisited

Recaptives and the New Society

The Example of Samuel Ajayi Crowther

The Strange Career of John Ezzidio

4.The Niger Expedition, Missionary Imperatives, and African Ferment Change in the Old Order

Recaptives and the New Middle Class: Brokers or Collaborators?

Thomas Jefferson Bowen and the Manifest Middle Class

Crowther and the Niger Expedition

The Niger Mission Resumed

Antislavery and Its New Friends

The Native Pastorate and Its Nemesis

Martin Delany: Anatomy of a Cause

Debacle

Reaction and Resistance

5. American Colonization and the Founding of Liberia Colonization Sentiments

Commercial Motives: Purse and Principle

The Humanitarian Motive and the Evangelical Impulse

Colonization without Empire: America 's Spiritual Kingdom

Colonization before Antislavery: Mission of Inquiry

African Resettlement: Fact and Fiction

The Founding of Liberia: Privatization of Public Responsibility

Lott Carey and Liberia

Expansion and Exclusion

Black Ideology

Conclusion Antislavery

Antistructure

The American Factor

Crowther, the CMS, and Evangelical Religion

Colonialism, Christendom, and the Impact of Antistructure New World Lessons

Notes

Sources

Index

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