RESISTANCE ON AFRICAN SOIL

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Not every society in West Africa promoted slavery.  The smaller peoples ("the stateless societies" to use an older terminology) were more often its victims than its promoters.  Was there no indigenous antislavery ideology that developed among the less militaristic and imperialistic peoples of West Africa?. . . I find it dangerous to implicitly assert that the moral reasoning of African people could not have provided its own antistructure and antislavery without the Christian impulse.

Randal Jelks in a review of Lamin Sanneh's Abolitionist Abroad,     H-Net Book Review, 02 Mar 2001