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Dr. Hilary Jones to discuss new book ‘The Metis of Senegal’

Dr. Hilary Jones

Dr. Hilary Jones

DETROIT — Source Booksellers will host an author talk and book launch party June 22 at 5 p.m. with native Detroiter Dr. Hilary Jones, who will discuss her book “The Metis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa.”

Jones’ book explores the history of politics and society among an influential group of mixed-race people who settled in coastal Africa under French colonialism. She describes how the metis carved out a niche as middleman traders for European merchants.

As the colonial presence spread, the metis entered into politics and began to assert their position as local elites and power brokers against French rule. Many of the descendants of these traders continue to wield influence in contemporary Senegal.

Jones also examines the influence of family connections, marriage negotiations and inheritance laws from both male and female perspectives.

Jones is an assistant professor of history, West Africa and Africa Diaspora, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Source Booksellers is located at 4240 Cass Ave., Suite 105. For more information, call 313.832.1155 or visit or

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