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Title:Post-proclamation slavery in Accra: a female affair?
Author:Robertson, C.C.ISNI
Book title:Women and slavery in Africa
Geographic term:Ghana
Abstract:On November 5, 1874, the British government of the Gold Coast Colony Island issued a proclamation which outlawed slavery and the slave trade. The proclamation did not succeed in its aims. One of the reasons for this failure can be found in the dominance of females in slavery and the slave trade. In this essay the author first seeks explanations for the persistent existence of slavery in the unbalanced change in the sexual division of labor within the Gold Coast economy, and then gives an extended example in the form of a life history of an ex-slave woman who belonged to a Ga family. By comparing her life with that of her peers it is possible to develop a better appreciation of the impact of slavery and abolition at an individual level. App., fig., notes, ref.