The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jun 18, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In "The Slave Next Door "we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offences including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voices-from slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and others-this book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.
  

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Review: The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today

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Five stars as an educational tool (would make an EXCELLENT supplemental text for a sociology course); two stars for casual reading. Full of fascinating tidbits but frankly completely overwhelming on ... Read full review

Review: The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today

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Five stars as an educational tool (would make an EXCELLENT supplemental text for a sociology course); two stars for casual reading. Full of fascinating tidbits but frankly completely overwhelming on ... Read full review

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Contents

2 House Slaves
18
3 Slaves in the Pastures of Plenty
43
4 Supply and Demand
78
5 New Business Models
117
6 Eating Wearing Walking and Talking Slavery
137
THE FINAL EMANCIPATION
161
7 Slaves in the Neighborhood
163
8 States of Confusion
195
9 The Feds
211
10 A Future Without Slavery
251
Appendix
269
Notes
277
Index
301
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About the author (2009)

Kevin Bales, President of Free the Slaves in Washington, D.C. (www.freetheslaves.net) and Professor of Sociology at Roehampton University London in England, is the author of Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy and Understanding Global Slavery (both from UC Press), among other books. Ron Soodalter, historian, folklorist, and lecturer, is the author of Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader, as well as articles on the historic and modern slave trade, the Civil War, and the American West. A respected Lincolnian scholar, he serves on the Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute.

Ron Soodalter is a passionate educator and lay historian. With a master's degree in education and full master's credits in American folk culture, he has taught American history and was formerly a museum curator. He has also been a professional artist and concert guitarist, and has field-collected the traditional ballads of America, Scotland and Ireland. He operates a consortium of special effects and animation studios for the commercial television market. Mr. Soodalter lives in Chappaqua, New York.

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