Abolitionists Abroad: American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa

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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 ...

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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.

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Books & Culture
In his most recent work, Lamin Sanneh offers a novel perspective on nineteenth-century antislavery movements.
Stewart Davenport and Wiebe Boer
Library Journal
Sanneh (history and world Christianity, Yale Univ.) argues that modern antislavery in Europe and America emerged from an evangelical Christianity centered on personal salvation that empowered a bottom-up social movement of ex-slaves, ex-captives, and their allies (Olaudah Equiano, David George, Paul Cuffee, and Samuel Ajayi Crowther, for example). These downtrodden outcasts created an "antistructure" in the form of an alternative community that broke old structural traditions as best illustrated by the Sierra Leone colony created by blacks displaced during the American Revolution. There, Sanneh argues, a new society based on freedom and human dignity formed a foundation for modern West Africa. Sanneh's complex argument demands close reading and promises to compel scholarly attention as it shifts the focus of antislavery to an Africa-based movement. For collections on anti-slavery movements, the Atlantic world, African American and African history, and the history of social activism in religion in general and Christianity in particular.--Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674000605
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Lamin Sanneh is Professor of History and D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity, Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The American Slave Corridor and the New African Potential 22
The Historical Significance of Olaudah Equiano 24
Antislavery and Black Loyalists in the American Revolution 31
The Black Poor in London 40
The Sierra Leone Resettlement Plan 41
Antislavery and Early Colonization in America 45
Thomas Peters: Moving Antislavery to Africa 50
Freedom and the Evangelical Convergence 53
Upsetting the Natural Order 55
New Light Religion: Pushing at the Boundaries 59
2 "A Plantation of Religion" and the Enterprise Culture in Africa 66
Antislavery and Antistructure 69
David George 74
Moses Wilkinson 80
The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion 85
Paul Cuffee 88
The Voluntarist Impulse 101
Christianity and Antinomianism 103
3 Abolition and the Cause of Recaptive Africans 110
Sir Charles MacCarthy: Christendom Revisited 113
Recaptives and the New Society 122
The Example of Samuel Ajayi Crowther 126
The Strange Career of John Ezzidio 129
4 The Niger Expedition, Missionary Imperatives, and African Ferment 139
Change in the Old Order 140
Recaptives and the New Middle Class: Brokers or Collaborators? 142
Thomas Jefferson Bowen and the Manifest Middle Class 145
Crowther and the Niger Expedition 150
The Niger Mission Resumed 161
Antislavery and Its New Friends 165
The Native Pastorate and Its Nemesis 167
Martin Delany: Anatomy of a Cause 170
Debacle 175
Reaction and Resistance 177
5 American Colonization and the Founding of Liberia 182
Colonization Sentiments 183
Commercial Motives: Purse and Principle 185
The Humanitarian Motive and the Evangelical Impulse 187
Colonization without Empire: America's Spiritual Kingdom 192
Colonization before Antislavery: Mission of Inquiry 194
African Resettlement: Fact and Fiction 198
The Founding of Liberia: Privatization of Public Responsibility 203
Lott Carey and Liberia 210
Expansion and Exclusion 212
Black Ideology 221
Conclusion 238
Notes 251
Sources 281
Index 283
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