To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves

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Cornell University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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Boys strapped to carpet looms in India, women trafficked into sex slavery across Europe, children born into bondage in Mauritania, and migrants imprisoned at gunpoint in the United States are just a few of the many forms slavery takes in the twenty-first century. There are twenty-seven million slaves alive today, more than at any point in history, and they are found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. To Plead Our Own Cause contains ninety-five narratives by slaves and former slaves from around the globe. Told in the words of slaves themselves, the narratives movingly and eloquently chronicle the horrors of contemporary slavery, the process of becoming free, and the challenges faced by former slaves as they build a life in freedom. An editors' introduction lays out the historical, economic, and political background to modern slavery, the literary tradition of the slave narrative, and a variety of ways we can all help end slavery today. Halting the contemporary slave trade is one of the great human-rights issues of our time. But just as slavery is not over, neither is the will to achieve freedom, "plead" the cause of liberation, and advocate abolition. Putting the slave's voice back at the heart of the abolitionist movement, To Plead Our Own Cause gives occasion for both action and hope.

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User Review  - Mariana - Goodreads

Terrible stories about contemporary slaves. Children and young people don't recover well when they are set free. Read full review

Review: To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves

User Review  - Goodreads

Terrible stories about contemporary slaves. Children and young people don't recover well when they are set free. Read full review

Contents

Modern Slave Experiences
19
Aint I a Woman? Female Slaves and the Dynamics of Gender
83
Liberation from Bondage
137
Copyright

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Kevin Bales is the author of "Ending Slavery" and " DisposabKevin Bales is the author of "Ending Slavery" and " Disposable People", both from UC Press. He is also Co-Founder of Frele People", both from UC Press. He is also Co-Founder of Free the Slaves, Washington DC, and Professor of Contemporary Se the Slaves, Washington DC, and Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the WIlberforce Institute for the Study of Slaverylavery at the WIlberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. He is the world and Emancipation at the University of Hull. He is the world's leading expert on contemporary slavery. Ron Soodalter, hi's leading expert on contemporary slavery. Ron Soodalter, historian, folklorist, and lecturer, is the author of "Hangingstorian, folklorist, and lecturer, is the author of "Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Tra Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader, " as well as articles on the historic and modern slave der, " as well as articles on the historic and modern slave trade, the Civil War, and the American West. A respected Lintrade, the Civil War, and the American West. A respected Lincolnian scholar, he serves on the Board of the Abraham Lincocolnian scholar, he serves on the Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute. ln Institute.

Zoe Trodd is Professor of American Literature at the University of Nottingham.

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