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Amistad's OrphansAn Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling$
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Benjamin N Lawrance

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198454

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198454.001.0001

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An Age of Child Enslavement

(p.266) Epilogue
Amistad's Orphans

Benjamin N. Lawrance

Yale University Press

This book provides a way to stimulate debate about the nature and extent of child slavery and child smuggling in the nineteenth-century Atlantic. African historians have acknowledged the role of Atlantic abolitionism and “legitimate” commerce in the expansion of slavery and the development of new forms of oppression throughout the continent. The experiences of Amistad's orphans illustrate the identities and origins of child slaves, their paths to enslavement, the discrete locations they inhabit, their paths to liberation, and their capacity to return, resettle, and reintegrate. The stories of these children may serve as a rebuttal to those historians who consistently and indiscriminately proclaim the achievements of abolitionism, by demanding the recognition of the early nineteenth century as the beginning of a new age of child enslavement.

Keywords:   child slavery, child smuggling, abolitionism, child enslavement, Amistad's orphans, La Amistad, slave trade

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