Historical Dictionary of Slavery and Abolition

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Rowman & Littlefield, Sep 4, 2014 - Social Science - 478 pages
For almost four thousand years, men and women with power have exploited vulnerable populations for cheap or free labor. These slaves, serfs, helots, tenants, peons, bonded or forced laborers, etc., built pyramids and temples, dug canals and mined the earth for precious metals and gemstones. They built the palaces and mansions in which the powerful lived, grown the food they ate, spun the cloth that clothed them.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Slavery and Abolition relates the long and brutal history of slavery and the struggle for abolition using several key features:
  • Chronology
  • Introductory essay
  • Appendixes
  • Extensive bibliography
  • Over 500 cross-referenced entries on forms of slavery, famous slaves and abolitionists, sources of slaves, and current conditions of modern slavery around the world

This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about slavery and abolition.

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Martin A. Klein is professor emeritus at the University of Toronto where he taught African History for twenty-nine years. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association.