Slavery: A World History

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Da Capo Press, 1971 - History - 344 pages
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Slavery is not and has never been a ”peculiar institution,” but one that is deeply rooted in the history and economy of most countries. Although it has flourished in some periods and declined in others, human bondage for profit has never been eradicated completely.In Slavery: A World History renowned author Milton Meltzer traces slavery from its origins in prehistoric hunting societies; through the boom in slave trading that reached its peak in the United States with a pre-Civil War slave population of 4,000,000; through the forced labor under the Nazi regime and in the Soviet gulags; and finally to its widespread practice in many countries today, such as the debt bondage that miners endure in Brazil or the prostitution into which women are sold in Thailand. In this detailed, compassionate account, readers will learn how slavery arose, what forms it takes, what roles slaves have performed in their societies, what everyday existence is like for those enchained, and what can be done to end the degrading practice of slavery.
  

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Slavery: a world history

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Though subtitled "A World History," this work pretty much confines itself to the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, and the West. However, it does deal with Nazi and Soviet slavery and contemporary slavery in such places as Brazil and Thailand. Read full review

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While this book is a valuable resource on the history of slavery, its title is misleading. Rather than being a "world history", it instead provides information about several select areas around the ... Read full review

Contents

Thingor Person?
1
Between the Tigris and the Euphrates
9
In the Valley of the Nile
27
The Children of Israel
37
Odysseus and His Slaves
47
The Greek World Expands
53
When War Becomes Good Business
61
From Baking Bread to Building the Parthenon
69
The Middle Passage 39
39
A Need for Labor 55
57
Indian Slavery in the Americas 61
61
MoneyMaking Machines 75
75
A Sugar Island 89
89
9 Barrels of Powder 105
105
The Explosion 117
117
Built on Africa 127
127

Work Punishment and Food
81
Nature Makes No Slaves
91
The Rise of Rome
101
Bargains on the Battlefield
105
PiracyA Steady Trade
117
Imperial Slave Market
127
In Markets Workshops and Mines
143
On Farm and Ranch
153
Death in the Arena
161
How Roman Slaves Lived
175
When Freedom Came
183
Slave Revolts in Sicily
189
Spartacus Sets Italy Ablaze
197
Slaves and Serfs
203
The Medieval Slave
209
Domestic Enemies
227
Volume II
241
People from Heaven 1
1
Africa before the Europeans 15
15
The Slave Trade 25
25
Rum and Slaves 139
139
Revolution and Cotton 151
151
On the Plantation 161
161
In the City 175
175
The Auction Block 187
187
The Law and the Lash 201
201
Throw Out the Life Line 211
211
Sabotage Flight Revolt 219
219
Come Freedom 233
233
Turn East 243
245
Forced Labor
257
Slavery Today
279
How to End it?
301
Bibliography for Volume 1
307
Bibliography for Volume II 331
316
Index for Volume I
317
Index for Volume II
325
Picture Credits for Volume I
339
Picture Credits for Volume II
342
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About the author (1971)

Milton Meltzer, a distinguished historian and biographer, is the author of more than eighty books. Among his many honors are five nominations for the National Book Award. He collaborated with Langston Hughes on Black Magic(also available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Book Group) and A Pictorial History of Black Americans.

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