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West African Narratives of Slavery: Texts from Late Nineteenth- And Early Twentieth-Century Ghana

West African Narratives of Slavery: Texts from Late Nineteenth- And Early Twentieth-Century Ghana

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Slavery in Africa existed for hundreds of years before it was abolished in the late 19th century. Yet, we know little about how enslaved individuals, especially those who never left Africa, talked about their experiences. Collecting never before published or translated narratives of Africans from southeastern Ghana, Sandra E. Greene explores how these writings reveal the thoughts, emotions, and memories of those who experienced slavery and the slave trade. Greene considers how local norms and the circumstances behind the recording of the narratives influenced their content and impact. This unprecedented study affords unique insights into how ordinary West Africans understood and talked about their lives during a time of change and upheaval.



Author: Sandra E. Greene
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 02/16/2011
Pages: 300
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.01lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780253222947

Review Citation(s):
Choice 10/01/2011

About the Author

Sandra E. Greene is Professor of History at Cornell University. She is author of Sacred Sites and the Colonial Encounter (IUP, 2002).


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