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Rebellion or riot?: black Loyalist food laws in Sierra Leone

Herrmann, Rachel B. 2016. Rebellion or riot?: black Loyalist food laws in Sierra Leone. Slavery & Abolition 37 (4) , pp. 680-703. 10.1080/0144039X.2016.1150686

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Abstract

In 1800 black Loyalists in Sierra Leone participated in an event that historians have called a rebellion. Reinterpreting the 1800 rebellion as a food riot reveals more extensive black Loyalist political activity in the 1790s, greater cooperation between black Loyalists and white councilmen, and increased animosity between black Loyalists and Africans. Black Loyalists created food legislation with the approval of the Sierra Leone Council, but those laws fostered disagreements with Africans. When the Sierra Leone Council revoked the black Loyalists’ law-making abilities, colonists rioted to reclaim the political and legal rights that they developed through their food legislation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
E History America > E11 America (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0144-039X
Date of Acceptance: October 2015
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 15:06
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104088

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