While recognizing the powerful forces supporting slavery, Helg articulates four primary liberation strategies: flight and marronage; manumission by legal document; military service, for men, in exchange for promised emancipation; and revolt—along with a willingness to exploit any weakness in the domination system. Helg looks at such actions at both individual and community levels and in the context of national and international political movements. Bringing together the broad currents of liberal abolitionism with an original analysis of forms of manumission and marronage, Slave No More deepens our understanding of how enslaved men, women, and even children contributed to the slow demise of slavery.
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About the Author
Lara Vergnaud is a French-English translator based in Washington, D.C.
What People are Saying About This
What makes Helg's book unique in the historiography of slavery and slave resistance is its capacious sense of what constituted enslaved people's struggle for freedom and equality. By bringing together what is more traditionally understood as abolitionist or antislavery activism with an analysis of forms of manumission, marronage, and resistance, Helg helps us resituate our understanding of this broad history on a scale that covers just as much of the Caribbean and Latin America as it does North America."—Laurent Dubois, Duke University
I cannot think of another work that is strictly comparable. More than a history of slave resistance, Slave No More is a lucid and highly original analysis of how a proportion of enslaved populations across the Americas gained their freedom independently of the system-wide emancipations that ended the institution in the nineteenth century. It will be useful in teaching, and even specialists in the comparative study of slavery are going to find surprises and new insights."—David Geggus, University of Florida