In The Aftermath of Slavery Transitions and Transformations in Southeastern Nigeria the contributors present an in-depth survey of the impact of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade on the societies of the Lower Niger Basin of Nigeria. The book provides critical perspectives on the economic, social, and political changes that occurred in the region following the abolition of the external slave trade. By adopting various cultural, historical, political, and sociological perspectives, the contributors provide insightful analyses on the changing economic, political, and social landscape of African societies in the aftermath of the Atlantic slave trade. African producers adopted new production relations in response to increased demands for labor required for the production of agricultural goods. Advances were made in the production techniques and technology for the production of palm produce. Improved transportation and haulage systems increased quantities and bulk of supplies. Gender relations of production saw important transformations in response to labor and control of access to productive resources. The book provides new lines of argument that explains the early and close functioning of the coastal middlemen and the immediate hinterland societies with European traders, travelers, observers, and officials during the slave trade era and in the aftermath of slavery in the nineteenth century and offer a fresh look at the broader debate on the impact of the abolition of the slave trade on African societies. "This is an important micro-study that we so much need in the classrooms. African Diaspora and African History students and their instructors would find it extremely useful." Dr. Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani Associate Professor of African Diaspora and African History Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland The Aftermath of Slavery brings together the voices of many young scholars who daringly recast the narrative of the post-abolitionism period by showing.
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Africa World Press, Inc.; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces