Creolizing Natural Liberty: Transnational Obligation in the Thought of Ottobah Cugoano

  title={Creolizing Natural Liberty: Transnational Obligation in the Thought of Ottobah Cugoano},
  author={Adam Dahl},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={908 - 920}
  • A. Dahl
  • Published 25 March 2020
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
Although the concept of natural liberty played an essential role in the abolitionist movement, black abolitionist appropriations of the concept are generally reduced to Enlightenment categories of political theory. Through an analysis of Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery, I argue that the abolitionist Ottobah Cugoano developed a novel conception of natural liberty through a process of creolization. Rather than a wholesale adoption of European political thought, Cugoano… Expand
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