Who Abolished Slavery?

Slave Revolts and Abolitionism<br />A Debate with Joao Pedro Marques

Seymour Drescher (Redaktør) ; Pieter C. Emmer (Redaktør) ; Joao Pedro Marques (Redaktør)

The past half-century has produced a mass of information regarding slave resistance, ranging from individual acts of disobedience to massive uprisings. Many of these acts of rebellion have been studied extensively, yet the ultimate goals of the insurgents remain open for discussion. Les mer
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The past half-century has produced a mass of information regarding slave resistance, ranging from individual acts of disobedience to massive uprisings. Many of these acts of rebellion have been studied extensively, yet the ultimate goals of the insurgents remain open for discussion. Recently, several historians have suggested that slaves achieved their own freedom by resisting slavery, which counters the predominant argument that abolitionist pressure groups, parliamentarians, and the governmental and anti-governmental armies of the various slaveholding empires were the prime movers behind emancipation. Marques, one of the leading historians of slavery and abolition, argues that, in most cases, it is impossible to establish a direct relation between slaves' uprisings and the emancipation laws that would be approved in the western countries. Following this presentation, his arguments are taken up by a dozen of the most outstanding historians in this field. In a concluding chapter, Marques responds briefly to their comments and evaluates the degree to which they challenge or enhance his view.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Preface

Pieter C. Emmer and Seymour Drescher



PART I



Introduction: Slave Revolts and the Abolition of Slavery: An Overinterpretation

Joao Pedro Marques



PART II



Chapter 1. Africa and Abolitionism

John Thornton



Chapter 2. Who Abolished Slavery in the Dutch Caribbean?

Pieter C. Emmer



Chapter 3. Slave Resistance and Emancipation: The Case of Saint-Domingue

David Geggus



Chapter 4. Civilizing Insurgency. Two Variants of Slave Revolts in the Age of Revolution

Seymour Drescher



Chapter 5. The Wars of Independence, Slave Soldiers, and the Issue of Abolition in Spanish South America

Peter Blanchard



Chapter 6. Shipboard Slave Revolts and Abolition

David Eltis and Stanley L. Engerman



Chapter 7. Slave Resistance and Abolitionis: A Multifaceteted Issue

Olivier Petre-Grenouilleau



Chapter 8. Slave Revolts and Abolitionism

David Brion Davis



Chapter 9. The Role of Slave Resistance in Slave Emancipation

Robin Blackburn



Chapter 10. Slave Revolts and the Abolition of Slavery: A Misinterpretation

Hilary Beckles



PART III



Afterthoughts

Joao Pedro Marques



Notes on Contributors

Bibliography from the Commentaries

Index

Om forfatteren

Seymour Drescher is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as the first Secretary for the European Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. (1984-85). Known for his studies on Alexis de Tocqueville and the history of slavery, his book, The Mighty Experiment (2002), was awarded the Frederick Douglass Prize. His most recent book, Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery, is being published by Cambridge University Press.