Browsing Category Slavery

Campbell (G.) & Elbourne (E.) eds. SEX, POWER, AND SLAVERY,
646pp., paperback, Athens, 2014. R750
A collection of essays that explore the intersections of the histories of slavery and sexuality.

Contributions include:
"Hidden Geographies of the Cape, shifting representations of slavery and sexuality in South African art and fiction" by Gabeba Baderoon
"Lure of the Impure, sexuality, gender, and agency of 'slave' girls in contemporary Madagascar" by Sandra Evers

Gwyn Campbell is Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University.
Elizabeth Elbourne is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University.
249 pp., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2007. R255
Wayne Dooling examines how the landed slave owning ruling class in South Africa came to be, how it exercised power and how the legal ending of servile labour affected this landed class, its former slaves and Khoisan servants and the colonial state in general.

Wayne Dooling lectures at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London.
Gqola (P.D.) WHAT IS SLAVERY TO ME?, postcolonial/ slave memory in post-apartheid South Africa
247 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R320
Pumla Gqola "examines how the South African imagination conceives of, constructs and interprets itself at a time of transition, and how slavery is evoked and remembered as part of negotiating current ways of being." from the introduction

"'What is Slavery to Me?' is a landmark book on the role of slavery in shaping contemporary South Africa. Drawing on historical scholarship as well as studies of slavery worldwide, Gqola delivers a brilliant new piece of literary and cultural analysis" Gabeba Baderoon

Pumla Dineo Gqola is Associate Professor of Literary, Media and Gender Studies at the School of Literature and Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand.
Lawrance (B.N.) & Roberts (R.L.) eds. TRAFFICKING IN SLAVERY'S WAKE, law and the experience of women and children in Africa
271 pp., maps, paperback, Athens, 2012. R355
A collection of essays that examine the ways trafficking in women and children has changed from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Contributions include "The Story of Elsie, a case study of trafficking in contemporary South Africa" by Susan Kreston.
Loos (J.) ECHOES OF SLAVERY, voices from South Africa's past
168 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2004. R185
Between 1806, when the British occupied the Cape for the second time, and 1834, when slavery was abolished, hundreds of illiterate slaves and ex-slaves addressed the authorities on subjects important to them: slaves complained to the fiscal, the courts, and the Slave Protectors, while "free blacks" had notaries write letters on their behalf. Jackie Loos presents us with a series of portraits and descriptions of incidents gleaned from these primary and secondary archival sources.

Most of these sketches were originally published as weekly columns in the 'Cape Argus'.
Mountain (A.) AN UNSUNG HERITAGE, perspectives on slavery
224 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2004. R240
Alan Mountain outlines the nature of slavery and how it was organised at the Cape, the legacy of slavery and the contribution slaves made to the cultural heritage of South Africa and describes over 75 slave heritage sites in the Western Cape.
507 pp., hardback, d.w., Pretoria, 2007. R275
Basing his account mainly on contemporary sources and providing as much information on individual slaves and their lives as possible, Karel Schoeman describes the first sixty years of the development of slavery at the Cape, the gradual manumission of slaves and the growth of a "free black" community.

Karel Schoeman is the author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, inlcuding "Armosyn van die Kaap: die wêreld van 'n slavin, 1661-1733" and "Kinders van die Kompanjie", a collection of 17th century Cape biographies.
Schoeman (K.) KINDERS VAN DIE KOMPANJIE, Kaapse lewens uit die sewentiende eeu
592 pp., colour illus., hardback., d.w., Pretoria, 2006. R207
The history of more than 30 individuals and groups involved in the VOC's settlement at the Cape in the 17th century, including slaves, the Khoikhoi, Company officials, free burghers, visitors & exiles.

Karel Schoeman has published numerous books on South African history.

Text in Afrikaans.
Shell (S.) CHILDREN OF HOPE, the odyssey of the Oromo slaves from Ethiopia to South Africa
334pp., illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R420
Originally published in the USA in 2018.

A group biography of the 64 Oromo children who were sent to Lovedale Institution, A Free Church of Scotland mission in the Eastern Cape. The children, enslaved in Ethiopia, were freed when the British navy intercepted two shipments in 1888 and 1889.The missionaries interviewed each of the children, leaving a rare collection of first-hand narratives.

"Shell shines new light into the great void of the actual experiences of enslavement in Africa, arguably the single most pervasive motivator of historical changes in the continent for up to three centuries. She tells a dramatic story with restraint, poise, and dignity." Joseph Miller, author of The Problem of Slavery as History

"Children of Hope advances our knowledge of slavery and abolition in Northeast Africa and the Indian Ocean World using a truly remarkable set of sources and a novel approach. Shell fills significant gaps in our knowledge of children and slavery, the practice of slave trading, and the lived experiences of liberated Africans in the Red Sea region." Matthew Hopper, author of Slaves of One Master

Sandra Rowoldt Shell has worked as a professional academic research librarian in African studies for several decades. She is presently Senior Research Associate (Cory Library), Rhodes University.
171 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R215
An account of the Meermin slave mutiny which took place in February 1766. The Meermin was a slave ship belonging to the Dutch East India Company. The Malagasy people on board, destined to be used as slaves at the Cape Colony, managed to seize the ship. Their bid for freedom failed and the two surviving leaders of the mutiny, Massavana and Koesaaij, were sent to Robben Island.

Text in Afrikaans.
223pp., illus., maps, paperback, New York, 2014. R420
A history of slavery in Africa from the earliest times to the end of the twentieth century.

"A refreshing reexamination of the place of slavery in the history of Africa, 'Slavery and Slaving in African History' surveys the role of slaves in the economies and societies of Africa throughout history, thereby establishing context for an understanding of the deportation of slaves across the Atlantic, the Sahara, and the Indian Ocean and of the use of slaves in Africa itself." Paul Lovejoy, FRSC Ditinguished Research Professor, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History, York University

Sean Stilwell is Associate Professor of African History at the University of Vermont.
Vigne (R.) THOMAS PRINGLE, South African, pioneer, poet and abolitionist
270 pp., map, illus., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Cape Town, 2012. R335
A biography of Scottish writer, poet and abolitionist Thomas Pringle (1789-1834). Pringle led a party of settlers to the Cape Colony in 1820, ran a school, launched a literary journal, co-edited the Cape's first independent newspaper, and later formed a group to fight for democratic rights for the settlers and the indigenous people. On his return to Britain he became Secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society, and on 15 June 1834 announced the implementation of abolition.

Randolph Vigne, active in South African Liberal Party politics, went into exile in 1964 and worked in London as a publisher and, latterly, as an author and editor.
318 pp., paperback, Cambridge, 2012. R420
R.L.Watson examines the social and cultural changes brought about by the abolition of slavery in 1834 in the Cape Colony. He also explores the early development of racism in South Africa, arguing that it was driven by whites' need for exploitable labour after abolition.

"This book, based on meticulous research, is well written and at times deliciously sharp. It provides an unprecedented account of the ways in which both the slaves of the Cape Colony and their erstwhile owners reorganised their intertwined lives in the aftermath of abolition. For the first time, a description of Cape society is combined with a clear understanding of the shifting social ideologies that led to an enhanced South African racism. It is a singular achievement." Robert Ross, Leiden University

"This is a critical study of a much-neglected period - the decades around and after slave emancipation in the 1830s - and its impact on the racial structuring of the Cape Colony. Watson writes with vigor and insight, offering fresh perspectives on a vital topic in South African history, with comparative insights from North American scholarship." Nigel Worden, University of Cape Town

R.L.Watson is Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina Wesleyan College. He is the author of "The Slave Question:liberty and property in South Africa" (1990).
Westra (P.) & Armstrong (J.) eds. SLAVE TRADE WITH MADAGASCAR/ SLAWEHANDEL MET MADAGASKAR, the journals of the Cape slaver "Leijdsman", 1715/ die joernale van die Kaapse laweskip "Leijdsman", 1715
165 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2006. R195
"In 1715 the [Dutch East India] Company sent the inexperienced traders Hendrik Frappé and Willem van der Lint to Madagascar to secure more slaves [for the Cape]...This book gives the verbatim Dutch text and English translations of the actual journals kept by the two slave traders on the Company's slaver, 'Leijdsman'.

Piet Westra retired some years ago as Director of the South African Library. He has published and edited a number of books on the history of South Africa and the Cape. James Armstrong recently retired as overseas Field Director of the Library of Congress.

Text in English and Dutch.
224pp., maps, paperback, Athens, 2015. R650
Foreword by Michael Gomez.

Wendy Wilson-Fall examines how and why the descendants of the Malgasy slaves brought to America from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century have maintained an ethnic identity in ways that those from other areas have not.

"This outstanding and original book offers highly significant interventions: it connects Madagascar to the Atlantic world instead of the usual Indian Ocean trade; it broadens our knowledge on points of African originations en route to the United States, and it shows how to use non-archival sources to construct narratives about enslaved people." Toyin Falola, President, African Studies Association, and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin

"This innovative study marries divergent sources of knowledge - historical documentation from the era of the slave trade and the narratives of remembrance of ancestors from the present - to reveal a compelling story that links Madagascar with colonial North America and the struggle of the descendants of Malagasy immigrants to retain an identity that was endangered through slavery." Paul Lovejoy, Distinguished Research Professor, York University

Wendy Wilson-Fall is Associate Professor and Program Chair of the Africana Studies Program at Lafayette College.
Worden (N.) & Groenewald (G.) eds. TRIALS OF SLAVERY, selected documents concerning slaves from the criminal records of the Council of Justice at the Cape of Good Hope, 1705-1794
681 pp., maps, illus., hardback, d.w., van Riebeeck Society, Second Series, No.36, Cape Town, 2005. R355
A collection of 87 verbatim records of trials involving slaves at the Cape during the 18th century. The transcripts are printed in the original Dutch, with an English translation.