Children in Slavery through the Ages by Gwyn CampbellChildren in Slavery through the Ages by Gwyn Campbell

Children in Slavery through the Ages

EditorGwyn Campbell

Paperback | October 27, 2009

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Significant numbers of the people enslaved throughout world history have been children. The vast literature on slavery has grown to include most of the history of this ubiquitous practice, but nearly all of it concentrates on the adult males whose strong bodies and laboring capacities preoccupied the masters of the modern Americas. Children in Slavery through the Ages examines the children among the enslaved across a significant range of earlier times and other places; its companion volume will examine the children enslaved in recent American contexts and in the contemporary/modern world.

This is the first collection to focus on children in slavery. These leading scholars bring our thinking about slaving and slavery to new levels of comprehensiveness and complexity. They further provide substantial historical depth to the abuse of children for sexual and labor purposes that has become a significant humanitarian concern of governments and private organizations around the world in recent decades.

The collected essays in Children in Slavery through the Ages fundamentally reconstruct our understanding of enslavement by exploring the often-ignored role of children in slavery and rejecting the tendency to narrowly equate slavery with the forced labor of adult males. The volume’s historical angle highlights many implications of child slavery by examining the variety of children’s roles—as manual laborers and domestic servants to court entertainers and eunuchs—and the worldwide regions in which the child slave trade existed.

Gwyn Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University, is the author and editor of many works, including Abolition and Its Aftermath in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia and An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar. Suzanne Miers is professor emerita of history at Ohio University. She is the author of...
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Title:Children in Slavery through the AgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.6 inPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821418777

ISBN - 13:9780821418772

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“This excellent collection of studies on children in slavery leaves one looking forward to the second volume, which one hopes will provide a broader discussion of what the study of enslaved children can tell us about slavery (and childhood) more generally.”—Africa: Journal of the IAI