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African Histories and Modernities

Free Slaves, Freetown, and the Sierra Leonean Civil War

Authors: Kaifala, Joseph

  • Provides the first serious exploration of the slave trade and resettlement process of freed slaves in Sierra Leone as a touchstone of the cultural impact of slavery and emancipation in the nation
  • Provides a readable narrative historical account of various periods in Sierra Leone’s history from the fifteenth century to the end of its civil war in 2002
  • Will appeal to historians as well as international organizations, nonprofits, and tourists interested in Sierra Leone
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About this book

This book is a historical narrative covering various periods in Sierra Leone’s history from the fifteenth century to the end of its civil war in 2002. It entails the history of Sierra Leone from its days as a slave harbor through to its founding as a home for free slaves, and toward its political independence and civil war. In 1462, the country was discovered by a Portuguese explorer, Pedro de Sintra, who named it Serra Lyoa (Lion Mountains). Sierra Leone later became a lucrative hub for the Transatlantic Slave Trade. At the end of slavery in England, Freetown was selected as a home for the Black Poor, free slaves in England after the Somerset ruling. The Black Poor were joined by the Nova Scotians, American slaves who supported or fought with the British during the American Revolution. The Maroons, rebellious slaves from Jamaica, arrived in 1800. The Recaptives, freed in enforcement of British antislavery laws, were also taken to Freetown. Freetown became a British colony in 1808 and Sierra Leone obtained political independence from Britain in 1961. The development of the country was derailed by the death of its first Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai, and thirty years after independence the country collapsed into a brutal civil war.









About the authors

Joseph Ben Kaifala is founder of the Jeneba Project and co-founder of the Sierra Leone Memory Project. He holds a JD and Certificate in International Law from Vermont Law School, an MA in International Relations from Syracuse University, and a BA in International Affairs and French from Skidmore College. He is a graduate of the Red Cross Nordic United World College.



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“It’s no easy feat to write a country’s history in one book, especially when the nation involved has been through as much hope and as much suffering as Sierra Leone. But Joseph Kaifala has managed the job knowledgeably and skillfully, by focusing on key periods of his country’s evolution. This is a first-rate guide to understanding the deep historical underpinnings of the challenges facing Sierra Leone today.” (Adam Hochschild, Award Winning Author of “King Leopold's Ghost”)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-94854-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-94853-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Free Slaves, Freetown, and the Sierra Leonean Civil War
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-94854-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-94854-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-94853-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 345
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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