Slave Owners of West Africa: Decision Making in the Age of Abolition

By the end of World War One, most of West Africa found themselves colonized by either France, Britain, Germany or Portugal. One aspect of colonial rule was the abolition of slavery.

In a Chats in the Stacks book talk, Professor Sandra Greene will present her new book Slave Owners of West Africa (Indiana University Press, May, 2017).

By exploring the lives of three prominent West African slave owners during the age of abolition, she attempts to understand why these individuals reacted to the demise of slavery as they did. Greene emphasizes the notion that the decisions made by these individuals were deeply influenced by their personalities, desires to protect their economic and social status, and their insecurities and sympathies for wives, friends, and other associates. She will discuss why so many made the decisions they did and how and why the institution of indigenous slavery continues to influence social relations in West Africa today.

Sandra E. Greene is the Stephen ’59 and Madeline ’60 Anbinder Professor of African History in the Department of History at Cornell.

This event is sponsored by Olin Library.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 4:30pm
Olin Library
Event Type: 
Author Appearance