Slavery and Colonial Rule in Africa

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This book brings together a series of new case studies, some by young scholars, others by widely published authors. All are based on original research and designed to enhance our understanding of the process of the abolition of slavery in Africa at the grass-roots level. Part of the studies are on new areas of interest such as the German colonies and the Algerian Sahara. Others throw new light on questions already debated, such as emancipation of the Gold Coast. Some focus on the impact of abolition on particular...

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Overview

This book brings together a series of new case studies, some by young scholars, others by widely published authors. All are based on original research and designed to enhance our understanding of the process of the abolition of slavery in Africa at the grass-roots level. Part of the studies are on new areas of interest such as the German colonies and the Algerian Sahara. Others throw new light on questions already debated, such as emancipation of the Gold Coast. Some focus on the impact of abolition on particular groups of slaves, such as the royal slaves in Nigeria and concubines in Morocco. Among the themes considered is the role of slaves in their own emancipation, the short and long-term results of abolition, the role of the League of Nations, and the vestiges of slavery in Africa today.

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The authors of 13 contributions look at the role of slaves in their own emancipation, the immediate and lasting results of abolition, the role of the League of Nations, and vestiges of slavery in Africa today. Specific topics include the mirage of manumission in the Algerian Sahara in the second half of the 19th century; slavery and Muslim jurisprudence in Morocco; servility and dependency among the Fulbe of Bundu; royal slave culture and the colonial regime in Kano; and slave resistance and emancipation in Sierra Leone from 1894 to 1928. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Introduction 1
The International Context
Slavery and the Slave Trade as International Issues, 1890-1939 16
French Africa
No Liberty, Not Much Equality, and Very Little Fraternity: The Mirage of Manumission in the Algerian Sahara in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century 38
Slavery and Muslim Jurisprudence in Morocco 57
Slavery and French Rule in the Sahara 73
'The Ties that Bind': Servility and Dependency among the Fulbe of Bundu (Senegambia), c.1930s to 1980s 91
German Africa
The 'Freeing' of the Slaves in German East Africa: The Statistical Record, 1890-1914 109
Slavery in Colonial Cameroon, 1880s to 1930s 133
British Africa
The Administration of the Abolition Laws, African Responses and Post-Proclamation Slavery in the Gold Coast, 1874-1940 149
'Amana' and 'Asiri': Royal Slave Culture and the Colonial Regime in Kano, 1903-26 167
'When the Slaves Left, Owners Wept': Entrepreneurs and Emancipation among the Igbo People 189
'Do Dady nor Lef me Make dem Carry me': Slave Resistance and Emancipation in Sierra Leone, 1894-1928 208
The End of Slavery among the Yoruba 232
Festina Lente: Slavery Policy and Practice in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 250
Notes on Contributors 273
Bibliography 276
Index 293
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