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Reclaiming the Women of Britain's First Mission to West Africa: Three Lives Lost and Found



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Reclaiming the Women of Britain's First Mission to West Africa: Three Lives Lost and Found by Fiona Leach
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Reclaiming the Women of Britain's First Mission to Africa presents the compelling story of three long-forgotten women, two white and one black, who lived, worked and died on the first British mission to West Africa at the dawn of the nineteenth century. It was a time of momentous historical events: the birth of Britain's missionary movement, the creation of its first African colony as a home for freed slaves, and abolition of the slave trade. Taking as its starting point a cache of fifty letters from the three women, the book counters the prevailing narrative that this early mission was a uniquely European and male affair, and reveals that a surprising number of women were present, among them several with very forceful personalities. Those who are interested in women's life history, black history, and the history of the slave trade will find this book immensely enjoyable.

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Fiona Leach, Ph.D. (1991), is Professor Emerita of international education at the University of Sussex, UK. She is a former editor of the journal Compare and has researched and published widely on gender and education in Africa and Asia, including "Resisting Conformity: Missionary Women and the Schooling of Girls in Early 19th Century West Africa", History of Education, 2011, and "African girls, 19th Century Mission Education and the Patriarchal Imperative", Gender and Education, 2008.
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