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James Hutton Brew: Gold Coast abolitionist who exposed Britain's anti-slavery hypocrisy

By Michael E Odijie, Research associate, UCL
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The literature and research on the abolition of slavery in places like Gold Coast (modern day Ghana) has tended to have a Eurocentric focus. Most has focused on colonial anti-slavery legislation and the abolitionist activities of Europeans. The contributions made by local Africans have been almost entirely ignored. When mentioned at all, Africans have been seen as resisting colonial efforts to abolish domestic slavery.

This focus is biased. Studying local Africans’ contributions to abolition provides a fuller understanding of its history.

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