This book brings together a series of new case studies, some by young scholars, others by widely published authors. All are based on original research and designed to enhance our understanding of the process of the abolition of slavery in Africa at the grass-roots level. Part of the studies are on new areas of interest such as the German colonies and the Algerian Sahara. Others throw new light on questions already debated, such as emancipation of the Gold Coast. Some focus on the impact of abolition on particular groups of slaves, such as the royal slaves in Nigeria and concubines in Morocco. Among the themes considered is the role of slaves in their own emancipation, the short and long-term results of abolition, the role of the League of Nations, and the vestiges of slavery in Africa today.
West Africa - Reviewed by Patrick Adibe
"I find this book a must for all who are interested in the question of slavery - especially those campaigning for reparations."
Times Literary Supplement, 25/6/99
"Suzanne Miers and Martin Klein are to be congratulated on having assembled such a splendid collection of essays … As an account of the way the colonizers set about dealing with slavery it is hard to fault.