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Freedom's Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution

Padraic X. Scanlan


Freedom’s Debtors is a history of the British movement to abolish the slave trade, told through the lens of the history of early colonial Sierra Leone. After the abolition of the British slave trade in 1807, Sierra Leone became the judicial, military, and economic capital of British efforts to interdict slave ships. British antislavery, widely seen as a great sacrifice of economic and political capital on the altar of humanitarianism, was in fact profitable, militarily useful, and crucial to the expansion of British power in West Africa. The colony was closely connected to the elite leaders of ... More

Keywords: Antislavery, British Empire, Atlantic World, Age of Atlantic Revolutions, Sierra Leone, Emancipation, Freetown, Slave trade, Abolitionism, Napoleonic Wars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217445
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Padraic X. Scanlan, author
London School of Economics and Political Science