After Slavery: Emancipation and Its Discontents

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Howard Temperley
Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 310 pages
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The abolition of slavery is arguably the greatest humanitarian achievement of all time. It ended an institution that had existed throughout history and taken many different forms. It was all the more remarkable for the speed with which it occurred. In the case of Western chattel slavery it was accomplished in little more than a century - which is to say between the launching of the first British anti-slavery campaign in 1788 and the ending of Brazilian slavery in 1888. In Asia and Africa, where Western ideas of liberty were viewed with suspicion and slavery was deeply rooted in the culture, emancipation took longer and in some places is still not fully complete. But, wherever it happened, the transition from slavery to freedom met with strong resistance, not only from former owners but also from other groups that saw their interests threatened. This book describes the difficulties ex-slaves faced as they sought to build new lives for themselves as free men and women.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Plantation Labour to Peasant Proprietorship
11
Britain
41
AfricanAmerican Aspirations and the Settlement of Liberia
67
The Transition from Slavery to Freedom in Richmond Virginia
93
The Memory of Emancipation at the Civil War Semicentennial 191115
117
Riots and Resistance in the Caribbean at the Moment of Freedom
135
A Spirit of Independence or Lack of Education for the Market? Freedmen and Asian Indentured Labourers in the PostEmancipation Caribbean 1834...
150
Slave Emancipation in Cuba and Puerto Rico
188
Slavery in Saharan Africa
208
Expectations and Reality
237
The Aborigines Protection Society 18371909
265
Comparative Approaches to the Ending of Slavery
281
Notes on Contributors
301
Index
303
Copyright

The Delegalization of Slavery in British India
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