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Author Lovejoy, Paul E.

Title Slow death for slavery : the course of abolition in Northern Nigeria, 1897-1936 / Paul E. Lovejoy, Jan S. Hogendorn.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.


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 UniM Store  Q38522    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 391 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
Series African studies series ; 76
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 368-379) and index.
Contents 1. Slavery and the British conquest of Northern Nigeria -- 2. Fugitive slaves and the crisis in slavery policy -- 3. The debate on legal-status abolition -- 4. Emancipation and the law -- 5. Upholding proprietary rights to land -- 6. The role of taxation in the reform of slavery -- 7. The colonial economy and the slaves -- 8. The persistence of concubinage -- 9. Legal-status abolition: the final phase -- Appendix. Court records of slaves issued certificates of freedom.
Summary This book examines the gradual decline of slavery in Northern Nigeria during the first forty years of colonial rule. At the time of the British conquest, the Sokoto Caliphate was one of the largest slave societies in modern history. The authors have written a thoughtful and provocative book which raises doubts over the moral legitimacy of both the Sokoto Caliphate and the colonial state. They chart the development of British colonial policy towards resolving the dilemma of slavery and how to end it.
Other author Hogendorn, Jan S.
Subject Slavery -- Nigeria, Northern -- History -- 20th century.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Nigeria, Northern -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 052144702X (pbk.)
0521374693 (hardback)