Synopses & Reviews
Using oral sources, as well as official and missionary archives, Martin Klein describes the history of slavery during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in three former French colonies. He considers the impact of the Atlantic slave trade and the evolution of slavery both before the French and under their rule. While he discusses French policy, the main focus of the book is the constantly changing relationships between slave and master, and the attempts on the part of slaves to seek freedom, or autonomy where they remained in servitude.
A history of slavery during the 19th and 20th centuries in three former French colonies.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-346) and index.
Table of Contents
1. Slavery in the Western Sudan; 2. Abolition and retreat: Senegal, 1848 1876; 3. Slavery, slave-trading and social revolution; 4. Senegal after BriÃ¨re; 5. Conquest of the Sudan: Desbordes to Archinard; 6. Senegal in the 1890s; 7. The end of the conquest; 8. The imposition of metropolitan priorities on slavery; 9. With smoke and mirrors: slavery and the conquest of Guinea; 10. The Banamba exodus; 11. French fears and the limits to an emancipation policy; 12. Looking for the tracks: how they did it; 13. After the war: renegotiating social relations; 14. A question of honour.