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Bruce L. Mouser

Bruce L. Mouser

  • American citizen. Indiana University (1959-1962, 1964-1972, PhD 1972).
  • Studied at University in Nigeria-Nsukka (1967).
  • Fulbright at International Christian University (Tokyo, 1964) and American University of Cairo (Cairo, 1989).
  • Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, History Department (1968-1996, retired 1996).
  • Visiting Professor, MARA Institut Teknologi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1986-1988).
  • Specialty: transition from slave trading to legitimate commerce in Rivières du Sud-Guinée (Nunez, Pongo, Konkouré, Iles de Los — 1790-1860); caravan commerce; exploration; British expansion.

Mouser has published widely in:

  • Journal of African History
  • International Journal of African Historical Studies
  • History in Africa
  • Journal of African Religions
  • The Mariner's Mirror
  • Mande Studies
  • Revue française d'histoire d'outre-mer
  • Cahier d'études africaines
  • Bulletin de l'IFAN

He published three monographs in the Leipzig Papers on African Studies; five in the African Studies Series of the University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program; and one each with Indiana University Press, American University Press, and African World Press. He continues his studies of trading families in the Rio Pongo and has recently written a novel, Black Ivory: Recollections of an African Slave Trader.



  • The William Cooper Thomson Expedition to Timbo and the Cycle of Regime Change in Fuuta Jalon, West Africa, 1841 to 1844. “Preface”. African Studies Program Publications, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014.
  • Chapter, with Edwin Neitjen, Florent Okry, and Paul Richards. “A Colour Bar? The Commercialization of Rice at Sierra Leone.” In Global Rice: Promiscuity, Knowledge and Power, edited by Francesca Bray, Dagma Schafer, and Edda Fields-Black. Cambridge University Press.
  • “‘Keep hur Bottom Well paid with Stuff’: A Letter of Instruction for a Slaving Voyage to Sierra Leone in 1760.” In Slavery, Abolitionism and the Transition to Colonialism in Sierra Leone, edited by Paul Lovejoy and Suzanne Schwarz. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
  • “Alimaami Dala Modu Dumbuya: Trial of a Slave Trader.” In Narratives of Slavery: Essays. Edited by Alice Bellagamba, Sandra Greene, and Martin Klein. Tubman Institute. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.
  • “Towards a Definition of Transnational as a Family Construct — An Historical and Micro-oriented Perspective.” In Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast in Transnational Perspective. Edited by Jacqueline Knörr and Christoph Kohl. Leiden: Brill Press.


  • “The Trial of Samuel Samo and Slave Trading Networks of the Rio Pongo, 1797 to 1812.” International Journal of African Historical Studies 46, no. 3 (2013): 423-441.
  • American Colony on the Rio Pongo: The War of 1812, Continuing Slave Trade, and Plans for a Settlement of African Americans, 1810-1830. Harriet Tubman Series, York University, Toronto, Canada. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2013
  • “The Expulsion of Dala Modu: A Muslim Trader in Anti-Slavery Freetown.” In African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade, edited by Alice Bellagamba, Sandra Greene, and Martin Klein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.


  • with Edwin Neitjen, Florent Okry, and Paul Richards. “Commodity and Anti-commodity: Linked Histories of Slavery, Emancipation and Red and White Rice at Sierra Leone.” Commodities of Empire Working Paper No. 19, Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK. Online
  • “‘Walking Caravans’of Nineteenth Century Fuuta Jaloo, Western Africa.” Special Issue of Mande Studies 12 (volume for 2010, printed in 2012): 19-104.


  • “The Rio Pongo Crisis of 1820 and the search for a strategy for the Anti-Slavery Squadron off West Africa.” The Mariner’s Mirror (UK) 97, no. 3 (August 2011): 117-34.
  • Mouser, Bruce L. 2011. For Labor, Race, and Liberty. George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics. The University of Wisconsin Press. 304 pp. 13 b/w illus.


  • “Insurrection as Socioeconomic Change: Three rebellions in Guinea/Sierra Leone in the eighteenth century.” In Jacqueline Knörr and Wilson Trajano-Fihlo (eds), The Powerful Presence of the Past: Historical Dimensions of Integration and Conflict in the Upper Guinea Coast, Brill Press.
  • “A History of the Rio Pongo: Time for a New Appraisal?” History in Africa 37 (2010): 329-54.


  • “Origins of Church Missionary Society Accommodation to Imperial Policy: The Sierra Leone quagmire and the closing of the Susu Mission, 1804-17.” Journal of Religion in Africa (UK) 39, no. 4 (2009): 1-28.


  • “Forgotten Expedition into Guinea, West Africa, 1815-17: An editor’s comments.” Africa in History 35 (2008): 481-89.


  • Editor. The Forgotten Peddie/Campbell Expedition into Fuuta Jaloo, West Africa, 1815-17: A record of elaborate planning and grand misfortune and misunderstanding. Madison: African Studies Publications, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • “Rebellion, Marronage and Jihad: Strategies of resistance to slavery on the Sierra Leone Coast, c. 1783-1796.” Journal of African History 48 (2007): 27-44.

Older publications

  • See The Harriett Tubman Institute website for the Published and non-published works of Bruce L. Mouser. and Hard to find items on the Rios Pongo and Nunez
  • Mouser, Bruce L., ed. 1966. Voyages and travels to the west coast of Africa before 1800 : a checklist of materials available in the English language in the Indiana University libraries. Bloomington, Ind. Indiana University Press iv, 31 leaves
  • “Trade, Coasters, and Conflict in the Rio Pongo From 1790 to 1808,” Journal of African History, XIII, 4(1973), 45-64
  • “Moria Politics in 1814: Amara to Maxwell, March 2,” Bulletin de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire, XXXV, Ser. B, 3(1973), 805-12
  • “The Nunez Affair,” Bulletin des Séances, Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-mer, Bruxelles, 1973-74, 697-742
  • Guinea Journals: Journeys into Guinea-Conakry During the Sierra Leone Phase, 1802 to 1821, edited (Washington: University Press of America) 1979
  • “Women Slavers of Guinea-Conakry,” in Women and Slavery in Africa, edited by Claire C. Robertson and Martin A. Klein (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press), 320-39. 1983
  • “An 1804 Slaving Contract Signed in Arabic Script from the Upper Guinea Coast,” co-authored with George E. Brooks, in History in Africa, XIV (1987), 341-347
  • Journal of James Watt, Expedition to Timbo, Capital of the Fula Empire in 1794, edited with an introduction. Madison: African Studies Program. 1994
  • “Iles de Los as Bulking Center in the Slave Trade, 1750-1800,” in Revue francaise d'histoire d'outre mer, LXXIII, no. 313, (1996) 79-92.
  • “Slave Catcher,” “Bulking Centers,” “Church Missionary Society,” “Factors,” “Recaptives,” and “Slave Villages,” articles in Encyclopedia of World Slavery. 1997
  • “Accommodation and Assimilation in the Landlord-Stranger Relationship.” West African Culture Dynamics: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives, edited by B. K. Swartz, Jr. and Raymond E. Dumett. The Hague: Mouton Publishers, 1980.
  • “Baltimore's African Experiment, 1822-1827.” The Journal of Negro History, 80, no.3 (Summer 1995): 113-130.
  • “The 1805 Forékariah Conference: A Case of Political Intrigue, Economic Advantage, Network Building.” History in Africa, 25 (1998), 219-262.
  • Editor. Journal of a Missionary Tour to the Labaya Country (Guinea/Conakry) in 1850, by Rev. John Ulrich Graf. University of Leipzig Papers on Africa, History and Culture Series, No. 01 (1998). 52 pages.
  • & Ramon Sarro. Editors. "Travels into the Baga and Soosoo Countries in 1821, by Peter McLachlan. Second Edition. With a “Bibliography of the Baga” by Ramon Sarro. University of Leipzig Papers on Africa, History and Culture Series, No. 2 (1999).
  • Editor. Account of the Mandingoes, Susoos,& Other Nations, c.1815, by the Rev. Leopold Butscher. University of Leipzig Papers on Africa, History and Culture Series, No. 6 (2000).
  • “Qui étaient les Baga ? perceptions européennes, 1793-1821,” translated by Odile Hanquez Passavant, in Gérald Gaillard, ed., Migrations anciennes et peuplement actuel des Côtes guinéennes (Paris: Cahiers lillois, l'Harmattan, 2000), 427-456.
  • David P. Henige, Adam Jones, Robin Law, Bruce Mouser, Konrad Tuchscherer, Selena Winsnes. 2002. “Hair, Paul Edward Hedley 1926-2001.” History in Africa. 29, pages 1-13.
  • "Who and Where the Baga? European Perceptions, 1793-1821,“ History in Africa.
  • Editor. A Slaving Voyage to Africa and Jamaica: The Log of the Sandown, 1793-1794. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.
  • “Continuing British Interest in Coastal Guinea-Conakry and Fuuta Jaloo Highlands 1750 to 1850.” Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines.
  • “The Pongo/Baltimore Connection: African Opportunism, American Entrepreneurism, or Colonial Expansionism?” International Journal of African Historical Studies.
  • Bruce L. Mouser, ed. 2007. The forgotten Peddie/Campbell expedition into Fuuta Jaloo, West Africa, 1815-17 : a record of elaborate planning and grand misfortune and misunderstanding. Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin-Madison, African Studies Program. 182 p. : ill., maps.