Five Thousand Years of Slavery
Written by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen.
Published by Tundra Books, 2011.
|When they were too impoverished to raise their families, ancient
Sumerians sold their children into bondage. Slave women in Rome faced
never-ending household drudgery. The ninth-century Zanj were transported from
East Africa to work the salt marshes of Iraq. Cotton pickers worked under
terrible duress in the American South.
Ancient history? Tragically, no. In our time, slavery wears many faces. James Kofi Annan's parents in Ghana sold him because they could not feed him. Beatrice Fernando had to work almost around the clock in Lebanon. Julia Gabriel was trafficked from Arizona to the cucumber fields of South Carolina. Thousands of children in developing countries work in factories and on farms at the expense of their freedom. More than 250,000 children were enslaved by military groups in 2009, according to the United Nations.
Five Thousand Years of Slavery provides the suspense and emotional engagement of a great novel. It is an excellent resource with its comprehensive historical narrative, firsthand accounts, maps, archival photos, paintings and posters, an index, and suggestions for further reading. Much more than a reference work, it is a brilliant exploration of the worst and the best in human society.
Janet Willen has been a writer and editor for more than thirty years, working on publications ranging from remedial writing curricula to articles on health and safety. She holds a master's degree in political philosophy from the New School for Social Research. Janet Willen lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband.
This book is intended for ages 11+.
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