Human Rights Review

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 383–384 | Cite as

Slave Owners of West Africa: Decision Making in the Age of Abolition by Sandra E. Greene

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017
  • Lester P. LeeJrEmail author
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In this study, Sandra E. Greene, a professor of African History at Cornell University, undertakes the challenge of discerning how West African slave owners made decisions about what to do with their slaves in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was the age of abolition. For more than a century, British abolitionists had been attacking the institution of slavery and the slave trade. They sought to bring an end to the notion that human beings could be forcibly taken from their communities, turned into property, sold as commodities, and worked as chattel. For the abolitionists, their crusade against slavery was a transcendent human rights issue. In 1772, the British courts ruled in the Somerset Decision that slavery was unlawful within the United Kingdom. In 1807, the British parliament prohibited its subjects from participating in the slave trade. In 1833, the British abolished slavery in its colonies. In 1851, the British deposed the ruler of the island of Lagos for...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History DepartmentSuffolk UniversityBostonUSA

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