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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.
Dec 04, 2008This one nearly killed me. the personal stories are from countries all over the globe. Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. All ages, both genders, all nationalities. Huge percentages in the US. There is more slavery in the world today than ever in history. Includes all three major types of slaves.
Oct 17, 2008This book breaks my heart. An expose of the thousands of people suffering in human trafficking rings, it argues our awareness and action through the personal narrative. I especially find the introduction helpful. The stories are uneven and greatly varied, but among the hodge-podge and the real unedited stories are real gems--stories that empower and educate.
Jul 24, 2013Terrible stories about contemporary slaves. Children and young people don't recover well when they are set free.
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