The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Southeastern Nigeria, 1885-1950

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November 2006



The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Southeastern Nigeria, 1885 - 1950, is a history of the campaign waged by Great Britain in colonial Nigeria from approximately 1885 on, to abolish the internal slave trade in the Bight of Biafra and its hinterland, a region also known as Eastern Nigeria, Southeastern Nigeria, the Eastern Provinces, or the trans-Niger Provinces. It treats the internal slave trade and the war against it in this region and period as themes separate from the institution of slavery in the same area and the campaign to root it out generally known as emancipation. For this reason, and because slavery and the effort at emancipation have received more attention from scholars, this work concentrates entirely on that aspect of the slave trade and its fortunes under British colonial rule commonly known as abolition. In reconstructing the story of this important and protracted campaign, Adiele Afigbo sheds light on a dark corner of social history that has largely been neglected by historians. Adiele Afigbo is professor in the Department of History and International Relations at Ebonyi State University, Nigeria.


This book does more than simply add to the long list of titles from the pen of eminent historian A. E. Afigbo, who has bestrode the scholarship of southeastern Nigeria for more than three decades. This is the first book to problematize the history of the region's internal slave trade abolition...Direct, revealing, and challenging, the book maps the twists and turns of the prolonged process of abolition in a manner that is vintage Afigbo. --G. Ugo Nwokeji, University of California, Berkeley Among scholars, the study of the Atlantic slave trade has attracted much and deserved attention because of its larger significance in contemporary social ethics and culture wars. Few scholars know the archival data in this region and on this matter as A. E. Afigbo. This book is a refreshing piece of historiography that adds yet another voice in the contemporary literature on the slave trade. --Ogbu U Kalu, Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity, McCormick Theological Seminary This is one of the rare studies that truly localizes the history of the campaign against slave traffic and slavery in the Bight of the Biafra, explains why Ibibio and Igbo parents sold and pawned their children, and captures the mobility and elusiveness of both the professional and temporary dealers in the face of the British colonial government in southeastern Nigeria. --Gloria Chuku, Department of History, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and author of Igbo Women and Economic Transformation in Southeastern Nigeria, 1900-1960 (Routledge, 2005).
EAN: 9781580462426
ISBN: 1580462421
Untertitel: 'Rochester Studies in African H'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2006
Seitenanzahl: 210 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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