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At the Limits of MemoryLegacies of Slavery in the Francophone World$
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Nicola Frith and Kate Hodgson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381595

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381595.001.0001

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From Forgetting to Remembrance

From Forgetting to Remembrance

Slavery and Forced Labour in Tunisia

(p.191) From Forgetting to Remembrance
At the Limits of Memory

Inès Mrad Dali

Liverpool University Press

Chapter ten, by Inès mrad Dali, considers the obscured history of the black population of Tunisia, popularly considered to be descendants of slaves from the trans-Saharan trade, but many of whom descended from the migrant and indentured labourers who arrived in Tunisia in the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century. As this chapter demonstrates, both groups were stigmatized by their ethnicity and subjected to the harsh taxation policies of the French protectorate, as well as forced labour and debt slavery. The second abolition of slavery in Tunisian law, passed in 1890, was a response by the French protectorate to a scandal involving the colonial use of slave labour. This chapter thus deals with an episode of French colonial history that has largely been forgotten in both Tunisia and France, having been overshadowed by more prominent memorializations of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Keywords:   Slavery, Forced Labour, Indenture, Tunisia, France, Colonial History

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