STILL too busy!

Work hasn’t let up on me a little bit, my friends. Those of you who pay attention to Wayward Son might have known this already–I wasnt able to get a chapter out on April 1st because I really have to buckle down for my orals. Things should be back on schedule after April 20th, hopefully. Until then, though, I do have something for you. Here’s the last bunch of books I have to read for my international Abolitionism orals field, along with some questions I prepared to help me think about them.


Slavery’s Impact on West & Central Africa:

  1. Joseph C. Miller, Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade (1988)
  2. Robin Law, The Slave Coast of West Africa, 1550-1750: The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on an African Society (1991)
  3. Rosalind Shaw, Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and the Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  4. Ana Lucia Araujo, Memories of the Slave Past. Routledge, 2014.
  5. Andrea Major, Slavery, Abolitionism, and Empire in India, 1772-1843. Liverpool University Press, 2012.
  6. Paul Lovejoy, Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.



1: Summarize the ways the authors you’ve read this week have assessed the impact of the slave trade on West Africa in economic and demographic terms. David Eltis wrote an article saying it didn’t have that much impact—why might he have been wrong?

2: Summarize the ways in which this week’s authors have described the memory of slavery (not necessarily slavery itself) changing over time. Are there differences in the ways separate nations (such as the U.S, Brazil, and Sierra Leone) have commemorated slavery and the slave trade? If so, what might explain these differences?


If anyone here is interested in grad school in history, I hope you find this list and the associated questions useful 😀


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