Slavery And The Birth Of An African City: Lagos, 1760-1900 by Kristin MannSlavery And The Birth Of An African City: Lagos, 1760-1900 by Kristin Mann

Slavery And The Birth Of An African City: Lagos, 1760-1900

byKristin Mann

Paperback | January 25, 2010

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As the slave trade entered its last, illegal phase in the 19th century, the town of Lagos on West Africa's Bight of Benin became one of the most important port cities north of the equator. Slavery and the Birth of an African City explores the reasons for Lagos's sudden rise to power. By linking the histories of international slave markets to those of the regional suppliers and slave traders, Kristin Mann shows how the African slave trade forever altered the destiny of the tiny kingdom of Lagos. This magisterial work uncovers the relationship between African slavery and the growth of one of Africa's most vibrant cities.

Kristin Mann is Professor of History at Emory University. She is author of Marrying Well: Marriage, Status, and Social Change among the Educated Elite in Colonial Lagos and editor (with Edna G. Bay) of Rethinking the African Diaspora: The Making of a Black Atlantic World in the Bight of Benin and Brazil.
Title:Slavery And The Birth Of An African City: Lagos, 1760-1900Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:January 25, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253222354

ISBN - 13:9780253222350


Table of Contents


1. The Rise of Lagos as an Atlantic Port, c. 17601851
2. Trade, Oligarchy, and the Transformation of the Precolonial State
3. The Original Sin: Anti-slavery, Imperial Expansion, and Early Colonial Rule
4. Innocent Commerce: Boom and Bust in the Palm Produce Trade
5. Britain and Domestic Slavery
6. Redefining the Owner-Slave Relationship: Work, Ideology, and the Demand for People
7. The Changing Meaning of Land in the Urban Economy and Culture
8. Strategies of Struggle and Mechanisms of Control: Quotidian Conflicts and Court Cases


Editorial Reviews

"Kristin Mann has been stimulating us with fine articles on this subject for years.... This is a major contribution to African history to slave studies, and to urban history." -Martin Klein, author of Slavery and Colonial Rule in French West Africa