Local elites resisted, diverted and appropriated metropolitan attempts to end or restrict access to and control of slaves. At the same time slaves were able to liberate themselves and take part in mass emancipations. The situation was transformed by the introduction of new economic opportunities and politicisation and social change among slaves themselves.
North America: Ohio U Press
Introduction - The era of the Atlantic slave trade & its impact - The crisis of abolition, legitimate trade & the adaptation of slavery - Rules & reality: ante-proclamation slavery & society on the Gold Coast - The Grand Experiment: emancipation in Senegal colony - Pragmatic policies in periods of expansion - Slaves & masters in the post-proclamation Gold Coast - Slaves & masters in French-administered Senegal - Toward the eradication of the overland slave trade - Conclusions: African continuity, adaptation & transformation.