Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives

Paperback | March 25, 2014

byLaura T. Murphy

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Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives from Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States, detailing the horrors of a system that forces people to work without pay and against their will, under the threat of violence, with little or no means of escape. Representing a variety of circumstances in diverse contexts, these survivors are the Frederick Douglasses, Sojourner Truths, and Olaudah Equianos of our time, testifying to the widespread existence of a human rights tragedy and the urgent need to address it.

Through storytelling and firsthand testimony, this anthology shapes a twenty-first-century narrative that many believe died with the end of slavery in the Americas. Organized around such issues as the need for work, the punishment of defiance, and the move toward activism, the collection isolates the causes, mechanisms, and responses to slavery that allow the phenomenon to endure. Enhancing scholarship in women's studies, sociology, criminology, law, social work, and literary studies, the text establishes a common trajectory of vulnerability, enslavement, captivity, escape, and recovery, creating an invaluable resource for activists, scholars, legislators, and service providers.

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Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives from Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United States, detailing the horrors of a s...

Laura T. Murphy is assistant professor of English, director of the Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University New Orleans, and director of the Survivors of Slavery speakers network. She is the author of Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231164238

ISBN - 13:9780231164238

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kevin Bales and Minh DangAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Allure of Work2. Slaves in the Family3. Case Study: Interviews from a Brothel4. Painful Defiance and Contested Freedom5. Community Response and Resistance6. Case Study: Mining Unity7. The Voice and the Silence of Slavery8. Becoming an Activist9. Case Study: Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking, Survivor Advisory CaucusEpilogue: Twenty-First-Century Abolitionists-What You Can Do to End SlaveryAppendix A: Antislavery OrganizationsAppendix B: Signs of EnslavementAppendix C: Suggestions for Further Reading and ViewingNotesIndex

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