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Memory, Oral History and the End of Slavery in Tanzania: Some Methodological Considerations

Jan-Georg Deutsch

in Slavery in Africa

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264782
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.003.0015

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Memory, Oral History and the End of Slavery in Tanzania: Some Methodological Considerations

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This chapter explores how the end of slavery is remembered in Tanzania. While the subject of ‘The end of slavery in Africa’ has attracted a substantial number of outstanding scholars, few researchers have conducted oral interviews, especially in East Africa. The author undertook field research, collecting contemporary memories of the end of slavery over a period of three months in the mid-1990s in various parts of Tanzania. The interviews were meant to complement archival research. The chapter shows that the memory of the end of slavery and the archival record fail to correspond with each other, and offers an explanation of why this is the case.

Keywords: slavery; oral interviews; East Africa; archival record

Chapter.  7610 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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