Talk will examine 18th and 19th century impact of Sierra Leone’s anti-slave trade settlement

Dr. Bronwen Everill

Bronwen Everill will look at the impact Sierra Leone and its anti-slave trade settlement had on the Atlantic region in the late 18th and early 19th century at the Harriet Tubman Institute’s Speaker Series Wednesday.

Bronwen Everill
Bronwen Everill

The talk, “Sierra Leone Trade and the Ethical Atlantic”, will take place Feb. 5 at 3:30pm at 305 York Lanes, Keele campus.

From the foundation of the Sierra Leone colony in 1787, British and American abolitionists eagerly awaited the results of the anti-slave trade settlement experiment. As part of an Atlantic-wide project of convincing consumers and producers of the evils of slavery, Sierra Leone – and its settlers, government officials, slave traders, Eurafrican residents, and original inhabitants – was a case study to be held up in admiration or scorn.

This talk will investigate the intellectual and economic contribution of the colony and its surrounds to the debates over consumption and production that shaped the “ethical Atlantic” in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Everill received her PhD from King’s College London in 2010. She has subsequently held posts at Oxford and Warwick Universities. She is the author of Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia (Palgrave, 2013) and editor of The History and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention and Aid in Africa (Palgrave, 2013). Her work has been published in Slavery & Abolition, the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth Studies, and the Journal of Global History. Her current Leverhulme Fellowship project is titled, African Trade and Ethical Consumption in the Atlantic World, 1760-1840.