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Slavery in AfricaArchaeology and Memory$
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Paul Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264782

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.001.0001

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

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

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(p.343) 15 Memory, Oral History and the End of Slavery in Tanzania: Some Methodological Considerations
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Slavery in Africa
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Jan-Georg Deutsch

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.003.0015

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

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