Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis examines British missionary caravans in nineteenth-century East Africa. Through the utilization of enslaved porters from the island of Zanzibar, enslaved people were able to garner autonomy. The primary focus of this thesis is to examine the ways British missionaries inadvertently provided routes to social mobility and manumission to enslaved peoples. Its aim is to place this ironic phenomenon in conversation with historiographical claims that porters were not slave labor as well as postulating that enslaved people were agents of their own social mobility and manumission.
Allen, Katherine Jean, "Routes to Deliverance: The Development of Social Mobility Among East African Slave Porters by Way of Missionary Caravans, 1877-1906." (2020). All Theses. 3296.