Dr. Hilary Jones publishes essay “Fugitive Slaves and Christian Evangelism in French West Africa..."

Hilary Jones’ essay “Fugitive Slaves and Christian Evangelism in French West Africa: A Protestant Mission in Late Nineteenth Century Senegal,” has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies. By examining the unpublished mission report and testimonies by individual freedmen and freedwomen, Jones argues that slavery in Africa cannot be viewed as benign nor the end of slavery simply as an act of re-negotiation between former slaves and former masters. Evidence from the mission shows that slave men and women adopted a variety of strategies to secure their free status within and beyond Senegal’s colonial capital. The article is currently available online and will be available in the print form of the journal later this year. Jones would like to express her gratitude to FIU’s African and African Diaspora Studies Works in Progress Series where she presented a preliminary draft of the paper and received valuable feedback from her colleagues in History and AADS.

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