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Mardi 14 août 2018
« 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. »
Rebecca Shumway is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 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.
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