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Gender and Creolization on the Gold Coast: Castle Slaves in the Era of the Slave Trade

UCLA Atlantic History Colloquium

Wednesday, May 01, 2013
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095


This paper examines the development of the institution known as “castle slavery” on the Gold Coast (West Africa) in the era of the transatlantic slave trade and explores the lived experiences of castle slaves within a comparative Atlantic World framework. It argues that castle slavery bears significant resemblances to forms of creole elite slavery in the Americans, and considers the particularly complex roles of female castle slaves.

About the Speaker:  Rebecca Shumway is an affiliated faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her PhD in African History at Emory University in 2004. Her book, The Fame and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Rochester, 2011) was a finalist for the 2012 Herskovits Award sponsored by the African Studies Association. 


Sponsor(s): , Co-Sponsored by the UCLA African Studies Center

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