Loureno da Silva Mendona and the Black Atlantic Abolitionist Movement in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge Studies on the African Diaspora)

Loureno da Silva Mendona and the Black Atlantic Abolitionist Movement in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge Studies on the African Diaspora) by Jos Lingna Nafaf 1108838235 9781108838238
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This groundbreaking study tells the story of the highly organised, international legal court case for the abolition of slavery spearheaded by Prince Loureno da Silva Mendona in the seventeenth century. The case, presented before the Vatican, called for the freedom of all enslaved people and other oppressed groups. This included New Christians (Jews converted to Christianity) and Indigenous Americans in the Atlantic World, and Black Christians from confraternities in Angola, Brazil, Portugal and Spain. Abolition debate is generally believed to have been dominated by white Europeans in the eighteenth century. By centring African agency, Jos Lingna Nafaf offers a new perspective on the abolition movement, showing, for the first time, how the legal debate was begun not by Europeans, but by Africans. In the first book of its kind, Lingna Nafaf underscores the exceptionally complex nature of the African liberation struggle, and demystifies the common knowledge and accepted wisdom surrounding African slavery.

Author: Jos Lingna Nafaf

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 377

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2022-08-25


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