‘We Shall Rejoice to See the Day When Slavery Shall Cease to Exist’: The Gold Coast Times, the African Intelligentsia, and Abolition in the Gold Coast

Certainly European colonial rule was instrumental in the demise of slavery in Africa. But the fault line is the Eurocentric grip that has prevented scholars from raising the question of African ideologies of antislavery. This paper queries the staple assumption that generations and the totality of the African intelligentsia membership were slaveholders, and thus resisted abolition to the very end. In order to do this, it examines the ideologies of antislavery among Africans as expressed in the ‘Gold Coast Times’ (Cape Coast) during the heyday of the British abolition of slavery in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1874-1875. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: ‘We Shall Rejoice to See the Day When Slavery Shall Cease to Exist’: The Gold Coast Times, the African Intelligentsia, and Abolition in the Gold Coast
Author: Akurang-Parry, Kwabena O.
Year: 2004
Periodical: History in Africa
Volume: 31
Pages: 19-42
Language: English
Geographic term: Ghana
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/4128517
Abstract: Certainly European colonial rule was instrumental in the demise of slavery in Africa. But the fault line is the Eurocentric grip that has prevented scholars from raising the question of African ideologies of antislavery. This paper queries the staple assumption that generations and the totality of the African intelligentsia membership were slaveholders, and thus resisted abolition to the very end. In order to do this, it examines the ideologies of antislavery among Africans as expressed in the ‘Gold Coast Times’ (Cape Coast) during the heyday of the British abolition of slavery in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1874-1875. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]