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Sons of Africa

By seeing activism as part of a long historical legacy, the Sons of Africa provide us with proof of grassroots anti-slavery activism during the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the imperial core. The gaps in history—like where one Son of Africa lived or whether or not one Son of Africa migrated to Sierra Leone—contextualise just how important historicisation is. Equally important to what they did is who they were outside of their community organising and my research project does that (to the best of my ability!) by engaging with geography, history, literature, film and sociology.