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Freedom Without Equality: Liberated Africans in the Indian Ocean World

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This lecture explores the experiences of Africans captured by the Royal Navy aboard suspected slave vessels in the Indian Ocean in the 19th century. Liberated Africans were consigned to ships, harbors, and missions and expected to learn the values of freedom and hard work through contractual labor. They exposed a central tension of Victorian liberalism and late abolitionism: a growing divergence between ideals of freedom and equality.

Matthew S. Hopper is Associate Professor of History at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and author of Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire (Yale University Press, 2015).

This talk is part of the The Smuts Memorial Fund Lecture series.

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