Pearling and the Language of Freedom: Navigating the Manumission System in the British Persian Gulf in the 1930s

Robyn Morse
As international anti-slavery pressure on the British increased in the early 20th century, officials in the Persian Gulf began to manumit a growing number of enslaved persons. Enslaved pearl divers needed to physically approach the British in order to start their manumission application. In this process, their memories and history would be typically condensed into a one-page document. I argue that not just imperial archival methods influenced these statements, but the memory of British imperial...
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