Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora

Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora

By: Trevor R. Getz (editor), Rebecca Shumway (editor)Hardback

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Ghana-for all its notable strides toward more egalitarian political and social systems in the past 60 years-remains a nation plagued with inequalities stemming from its long history of slavery and slave trading. The work assembled in this collection explores the history of slavery in Ghana and its legacy for both Ghana and the descendants of people sold as slaves from the "Gold Coast" in the era of the transatlantic slave trade. The volume is structured to reflect four overlapping areas of investigation: the changing nature of slavery in Ghana, including the ways in which enslaved people have been integrated into or excluded from kinship systems, social institutions, politics, and the workforce over time; the long-standing connections forged between Ghana and the Americas and Europe through the transatlantic trading system and the forced migration of enslaved people; the development of indigenous and transnational anti-slavery ideologies; and the legacy of slavery and its ongoing reverberations in Ghanaian and diasporic society. Bringing together key scholars from Ghana, Europe and the USA who introduce new sources, frames and methodologies including heritage, gender, critical race, and culture studies, and drawing on archival documents and oral histories, Slavery and Its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora will be of great interest to scholars and students of comparative slavery, abolition and West African history.

About Author

Rebecca Shumway is Assistant Professor of History at the College of Charleston, USA. She is the author of The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (2011). Trevor R. Getz is Professor of History at San Francisco State University, USA. He is the author of Abina and the Important Men (2011), winner of the James Harvey Robinson Prize.


Introduction Trevor Getz (San Francisco State University, USA) and Rebecca Shumway (College of Charleston, USA) The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery before Colonial Rule 1. Ghana and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Rebecca Shumway (College of Charleston, USA) 2. `Tied Up': Slave Relics in Traditional Political Leadership in Burugu, Northern Ghana Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu (University of Ghana, Ghana) 3. `Earth from a Dead Negro's Grave': Ritual Technologies and Mortuary Realms in the Eighteenth-Century Gold Coast Diaspora Walter Rucker (Rutgers University, USA) 4. Anti-Slavery on the Gold Coast Before 1874 Rebecca Shumway (College of Charleston, USA) Slavery and Abolition Under British Colonial Rule (1874-1957) 5. The Claims Wives Made: Slavery and Marriage in the Late Nineteenth Century Gold Coast Colony and Protectorate Trevor R. Getz (San Francisco State University, USA) 6. Signs of an African Emancipation?: Slavery and Emancipation in the Reports (1868-1908) of a Ghanaian Pastor, Kofi Theophilus Opoku Paul Jenkins (University of Basel, Switzerland) 7. An African Abolitionist on the Gold Coast: The Case of Francis P. Fearon Steffen Runkel (Leibniz University Hanover, Germany) Memory, Heritage and the Legacy of Slavery 8. Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Shared History or Shared Heritage? Wilhelmina Donkoh (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana) 9. The Legacy of Indigenous Slavery in Ghana Akosua Perbi (University of Ghana, Ghana) 10. Charged Memories: African Slave Traders in Contemporary Ghanaian Political Discourse Bayo Holsey (Rutgers University, USA) Afterword Ray A. Kea (University of California, Riverside, USA) Select Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781474256636
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781474256636
  • weight: 533
  • ISBN10: 1474256635

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