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Distant freedom"St Helena and the abolition of the slave trade, 1840-1872"$
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Andrew Pearson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382837

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382837.001.0001

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(p.271) Conclusion
Distant freedom

Andrew Pearson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter begins by charting the closure of the Liberated African Establishment, and the subsequent history of Lemon Valley and Rupert’s Valley. It then looks at how, during the twentieth century, the memory of St Helena’s role in the abolition of the slave trade was gradually erased, becoming an episode confined to a few history books and eclipsed once again by the glamour of Napoleon. The merging of the liberated Africans into the general population, and the consequent absence of an obvious modern successor population, is also discussed. Finally, the chapter considers the value of detailed case-studies of this type, and the contribution of this book to wider scholarship about the slave trade and its suppression.

Keywords:   Case study, Napoleon, Slave trade, Successor population, Suppression

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