: Edited Volumes

West African Narratives of Slavery: Texts from Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Ghana

Greene, Sandra E. (Fellow, 2007-08; Fellow, 2014-15)

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Slavery in Africa existed for hundreds of years before it was abolished in the late 19th century. Yet, we know little about how enslaved individuals, especially those who never left Africa, talked about their experiences. Collecting never before published or translated narratives of Africans from southeastern Ghana, Sandra E. Greene explores how these writings reveal the thoughts, emotions, and memories of those who experienced slavery and the slave trade. Greene considers how local norms and the circumstances behind the recording of the narratives influenced their content and impact. This unprecedented study affords unique insights into how ordinary West Africans understood and talked about their lives during a time of change and upheaval.


Subjects: History; African History; Enslaved Persons; People's History; Personal Narratives; Primary Sources; Slave Narratives;