Taking the theme of 'abolition' as its point of departure, this book builds on the significant growth in scholarship on unfree labour in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds during the past two decades. The essays included here revisit some of the persistent problems posed by the traditional comparative literature on slavery and indentured labour and identify new and exciting areas for future research. This book is intended for a broad audience, including scholars, students as well as for a general readership who have specific interests in the history of the slave trade, slavery and imperial history. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents.
Jesús Sanjurjo and Manuel Barcia
1. The Cape Lopez Africans at Maranhão: Geo-political literacy, British consuls, and the demise of the transatlantic slave trade to Brazil
2. On the frontlines of slave trade abolition: British consuls combat state capture in Cuba and Mozambique
Randy J. Sparks
3. From abolition of the slave trade to protection of immigrants: Danish colonialism, German missionaries, and the development of ideas of humanitarian governance from the early eighteenth to the nineteenth century
4. Guerrilla inscription: Transatlantic abolition and the 1851 census
5. In the shadows between slave and free: A case for detangling the word "slave" from the word "chattel"
6. Shared Atlantic legal culture: the case of a freedom suit in Benguela
Mariana Armond Dias Paes