Freedom as Marronage

By Neil Roberts, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Political Science. University of Chicago Press, January 2015. In Freedom as Marronage, Professor Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept of marronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Examining this overlooked phenomenon—one of action from slavery and toward freedom—he deepens our understanding of freedom itself and the origin of our political ideals.