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Abolition in Sierra Leone: Re-Building Lives and Identities in Nineteenth-Century West Africa - African Identities: Past and Present (Hardback)
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Abolition in Sierra Leone: Re-Building Lives and Identities in Nineteenth-Century West Africa - African Identities: Past and Present (Hardback)

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Hardback 303 Pages / Published: 31/01/2020
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Tracing the lives and experiences of 100,000 Africans who landed in Sierra Leone having been taken off slave vessels by the British Navy following Britain's abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, this study focuses on how people, forcibly removed from their homelands, packed on to slave ships, and settled in Sierra Leone were able to rebuild new lives, communities, and collective identities in an early British colony in West Africa. Their experience illuminates both African and African diaspora history by tracing the evolution of communities forged in the context of forced migration and the missionary encounter in a prototypical post-slavery colonial society. A new approach to the major historical field of British anti-slavery, studied not as a history of legal victories (abolitionism) but of enforcement and lived experience (abolition), Richard Peter Anderson reveals the linkages between emancipation, colonization, and identity formation in the Black Atlantic.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108473545
Number of pages: 303


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'In this captivating volume, Richard Peter Anderson, tells a story of despair and hope. Centering the narrative around the experiences of Liberated Africans in the British colony of Sierra Leone, Anderson masterfully brings his subjects of study back from oblivion, in what it is by all means a thoroughly researched and wonderfully written text.' Manuel Barcia, University of Leeds
'A welcome addition to a growing scholarship on Sierra Leone and the fate of Liberated Africans, whose lives were shaped by displacement, uprooting, and exploitation. Engaging in debates on colonialism, imperialism, and slavery afterlives, it is a must read for scholars working on slavery and the Atlantic World.' Mariana P. Candido, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
'This work will quickly become the standard secondary source on the origins, experiences, and identities of the nearly 100,000 recaptive Africans removed from slave ships and barracoons and then taken into Sierra Leone in the first half of the nineteenth century.' David Eltis, Emory University, Atlanta
'Richard Peter Anderson's masterful study of ethnicity and ethnogenesis among the recaptives of Sierra Leone is not only an original study of liberated Africans, but a major contribution to our understanding of the fluid nature of identities.' Martin Klein, University of Toronto
'Meticulously researched and clearly written, this compelling book reconstructs the origins, experiences, and accomplishments of the approximately 100,000 Africans who were enslaved in the nineteenth century and liberated in Freetown, Sierra Leone as part of the project of abolition. The work shows how through their interactions with one another, missionaries, and British colonial officials the members of this large, diverse, and unusually well documented diaspora resilient forged new communities of belonging in an alien environment where they were granted only limited freedom. It yields rich new insights into the meanings of ethnicity, formation of new identities, and making of the African diaspora on the continent and around the Atlantic. A blend of macro - and micro - history, the text will become a classic.' Kristin Mann, Emory University, Atlanta
'In this captivating volume, Richard Peter Anderson, tells a story of despair and hope. Centering the narrative around the experiences of Liberated Africans in the British colony of Sierra Leone, Anderson masterfully brings his subjects of study back from oblivion, in what it is by all means a thoroughly researched and wonderfully written text.' Manuel Barcia, University of Leeds
'A welcome addition to a growing scholarship on Sierra Leone and the fate of Liberated Africans, whose lives were shaped by displacement, uprooting, and exploitation. Engaging in debates on colonialism, imperialism, and slavery afterlives, it is a must read for scholars working on slavery and the Atlantic World.' Mariana P. Candido, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
'This work will quickly become the standard secondary source on the origins, experiences, and identities of the nearly 100,000 recaptive Africans removed from slave ships and barracoons and then taken into Sierra Leone in the first half of the nineteenth century.' David Eltis, Emory University, Atlanta
'Richard Peter Anderson's masterful study of ethnicity and ethnogenesis among the recaptives of Sierra Leone is not only an original study of liberated Africans, but a major contribution to our understanding of the fluid nature of identities.' Martin Klein, University of Toronto
'Meticulously researched and clearly written, this compelling book reconstructs the origins, experiences, and accomplishments of the approximately 100,000 Africans who were enslaved in the nineteenth century and liberated in Freetown, Sierra Leone as part of the project of abolition. The work shows how through their interactions with one another, missionaries, and British colonial officials the members of this large, diverse, and unusually well documented diaspora resilient forged new communities of belonging in an alien environment where they were granted only limited freedom. It yields rich new insights into the meanings of ethnicity, formation of new identities, and making of the African diaspora on the continent and around the Atlantic. A blend of macro - and micro - history, the text will become a classic.' Kristin Mann, Emory University, Atlanta

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