Abolitionists Abroad American Blacks and the Making of Modern West Africa

ISBN-10: 0674007182
ISBN-13: 9780674007185
Edition: 2000
Authors: Lamin Sanneh
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

In 1792, nearly 1,200 freed American slaves crossed the Atlantic and established themselves in Freetown, West Africa, a community dedicated to anti-slavery and opposed to the African chieftain hierarchy that was tied to slavery. Thus began an unprecedented movement with critical long-term effects on the evolution of social, religious, and political institutions in modern Africa. Lamin Sanneh's engrossing book narrates the story of freed slaves who led efforts to abolish the slave trade by attacking its base operation: the capture and sale of people by African chiefs. Sanneh's protagonists set out to establish in West Africa colonies founded on equal rights and opportunity for personal enterprise, communities that would be havens for ex-slaves and an example to the rest of Africa. Among the most striking of these leaders is the Nigerian Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a recaptured slave who joined a colony in Sierra Leone and subsequently established satellite communities in Nigeria. The ex-slave repatriates brought with them an evangelical Christianity that encouraged individual spirituality--a revolutionary vision in a land where European missionaries had long assumed they could Christianize the whole society by converting chiefs and rulers. Tracking this potent African American anti-slavery and democratizing movement through the nineteenth century, Lamin Sanneh draws a clear picture of the religious grounding of its conflict with the traditional chieftain authorities. His study recounts a crucial development in the history of West Africa.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Transatlantic Corridor
Antislavery
Establishment Structures
Antistructure
The American Factor
The Frame of Interpretation
Historiography
The American Slave Corridor and the New African Potential
The Historical Significance of Olaudah Equiano
Antislavery and Black Loyalists in the American Revolution
The Black Poor in London
The Sierra Leone Resettlement Plan
Antislavery and Early Colonization in America
Thomas Peters: Moving Antislavery to Africa
Freedom and the Evangelical Convergence
Upsetting the Natural Order
New Light Religion:Pushing at the Boundaries
"A Plantation of Religion" and the Enterprise Culture in Africa
Antislavery and Antistructure
David George
Moses Wilkinson
The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion
Paul Cuffee
The Voluntarist Impulse
Christianity and Antinomianism
Abolition and the Cause of Recaptive Africans
Sir Charles MacCarthy:Christendom Revisited
Recaptives and the New Society
The Example of Samuel Ajayi Crowther
The Strange Career of John Ezzidio
The Niger Expedition, Missionary Imperatives, and African
Ferment Change in the Old Order
Recaptives and the New Middle Class: Brokers or Collaborators?
Thomas Jefferson Bowen and the Manifest Middle Class
Crowther and the Niger Expedition
The Niger Mission Resumed
Antislavery and Its New Friends
The Native Pastorate and Its Nemesis
Martin Delany: Anatomy of a Cause
Debacle
Reaction and Resistance
American Colonization and the Founding of Liberia Colonization Sentiments
Commercial Motives: Purse and Principle
The Humanitarian Motive and the Evangelical Impulse
Colonization without Empire: America 's Spiritual Kingdom
Colonization before Antislavery: Mission of Inquiry
African Resettlement: Fact and Fiction
The Founding of Liberia: Privatization of Public Responsibility
Lott Carey and Liberia
Expansion and Exclusion
Black Ideology
Conclusion Antislavery
Antistructure
The American Factor
Crowther, the CMS, and Evangelical Religion
Colonialism, Christendom, and the Impact of Antistructure New World Lessons
Notes
Sources
Index

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