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Slow Death for Slavery: The Course of Abolition in Northern Nigeria, 1897-1936 / Edition 1

Slow Death for Slavery: The Course of Abolition in Northern Nigeria, 1897-1936 / Edition 1

by Paul E. Lovejoy, Jan S. Hogendorn


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This book examines the decline of slavery in Northern Nigeria during the first forty years of colonial rule. At the time of the British conquest, the Sokoto Caliphate was one of the largest slave societies in modern history. Rather than emancipate slaves, the colonial state abolished the legal status of slavery, encouraging them to buy their freedom. Many were unable to do so, and slavery was not finally abolished until l936. The authors have written a provocative book, raising doubts over the moral legitimacy of both the Sokoto Caliphate and the colonial state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521447027
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/19/1993
Series: African Studies Series , #76
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps; List of tables; Preface; 1. Slavery and the British conquest of Northern Nigeria; 2. Fugitive slaves and the crisis in slavery policy; 3. The debate on legal-status abolition; 4. Emancipation and the law; 5. Upholding proprietary rights to land; 6. The role of taxation in the reform of slavery; 7. The colonial economy and the slaves; 8. The persistence of concubinage; 9. Legal-status abolition: the final phase; Appendix; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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