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African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade

African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade

Volume 2. Essays on Sources and Methods

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Alice Bellagamba, Sandra E. Greene, Martin A. Klein, Ghislaine Lydon, Bruce Hall, Pierluigi Valsecchi, Oluwatoyin Oduntan, Kristin Mann, Richard Roberts, Alessandra Brivio
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  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521199612

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  • What were the experiences of those in Africa who suffered from the practice of slavery, those who found themselves captured and sold from person to person, those who died on the trails, those who were forced to live in fear? And what of those Africans who profited from the slave trade and slavery? What were their perspectives? How do we access any of these experiences and views? This volume explores diverse sources such as oral testimonies, possession rituals, Arabic language sources, European missionary, administrative and court records and African intellectual writings to discover what they can tell us about slavery and the slave trade in Africa. Also discussed are the methodologies that can be used to uncover the often hidden experiences of Africans embedded in these sources. This book will be invaluable for students and researchers interested in the history of slavery, the slave trade and post-slavery in Africa.

    • Explores the potentials and limits of diverse sources such as oral testimonies, possession rituals, Arabic language sources, European missionary, administrative and court records, and African intellectual writings
    • Stimulates historians to think critically about the methods needed to use these sources
    • Offers guidelines on how to uncover African voices about slavery when sources do not readily yield them
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    '… makes significant contribution to historiography in the field. … It is an important work that challenges researchers to reflect deeply on the validity and reliability of sources, particularly the dangers of over-reliance on archives that were created by those in authority or those who held a great deal of power in the past. The book brings fresh insight and make bold claims particularly about epistemological issues, and emphasizes clearly that the facts we gather at the archives are not necessarily the entire truth about the social, cultural, political, economic and historical issues they aspire to articulate. I recommend this book to everyone interested in the history of slavery. Graduate students and new researchers in the field of slavery in Africa and the diaspora will benefit enormously from the questions, issues, and guidelines covered in this book to unearth the voices of slaves and their communities.' Kwame Essien, African Studies Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521199612
    • length: 215 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 183 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: sources and methods - writing about African slavery and the slave trade Alice Bellagamba, Sandra E. Greene and Martin A. Klein
    1. Excavating Arabic sources for the history of slavery and slave trade in Western Africa Ghislaine Lydon and Bruce Hall
    2. Christian missionaries on record: documenting slavery and the slave trade from the late fifteenth to the early twentieth century Sandra E. Greene
    3. Early-modern European-language sources on African slavery: the historian at work Pierluigi Valsecchi
    4. African intellectual ideas in the age of legal slavery and the slave trade Sandra E. Greene and Oluwatoyin Oduntan
    5. Looking for slavery in colonial archives: French West Africa Martin A. Klein
    6. Slave voices in African colonial courts: sources and methods Kristin Mann and Richard Roberts
    7. Understanding African slavery past through spirit possession Alessandra Brivio
    8. Yesterday and today: oral representations of the past and the legacy of African slavery Alice Bellagamba.

  • Editors

    Alice Bellagamba, University of Milan-Bicocca
    Alice Bellagamba is Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology in the Department of Human Sciences for Education 'Riccardo Massa' at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

    Sandra E. Greene, Cornell University, New York
    Sandra E. Greene is Professor of African History in the Department of History at Cornell University.

    Martin A. Klein, University of Toronto
    Martin A. Klein is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.


    Alice Bellagamba, Sandra E. Greene, Martin A. Klein, Ghislaine Lydon, Bruce Hall, Pierluigi Valsecchi, Oluwatoyin Oduntan, Kristin Mann, Richard Roberts, Alessandra Brivio

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