Slavery in the Modern World [2 volumes]: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression

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Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression helps bring to light an often-ignored tragedy, opening readers' eyes to the devastated lives of those coerced into unpaid labor. It is the first and only comprehensive encyclopedia on practices that persist despite the efforts of antislavery advocates, nongovernmental organizations, and national legislation aimed at ending them.

Ranging from the late-19th century to the present, Slavery in the Modern World examines the full extent of unfree labor practices in use today, as well as contemporary abolitionists and antislavery groups fighting these practices and legislative action from various nations aimed at exposing and shutting down slave operations and networks. The 450 alphabetically organized entries are the work of over 125 of the world's leading experts on modern slavery.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This highly focused encyclopedia offers useful source material for those interested in human rights issues in the modern age. It is recommended for the general public and high school students seeking additional information or as a starting point for research."


Library Journal

"Rodriguez reminds us in his expansive, enlightening look at more modern forms of exploitation that encompasses more than 27 million individuals, slavery has more of an impact on our own time than at any other time in the past. . . . The variety of primary documents is one of the great strengths of the work, drawing from a rich tapestry of attempts by both governments and the private sector to battle all forms of illegal labor exploitation. . . . Overall, this is a solid work of vast importance that works well in supporting the existing social-science curriculum and could become a go-to resource for AP classes addressing the socioeconomic issues that arise in the era of globalization."



Library Journal
Rodriguez (history, Eureka Coll.; The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery) provides a fascinating look at concepts, topics, people, places, and events related to slavery from the late 19th century to the present, an era not often considered in relation to the subject. Several essays at the beginning of Volume 1, such as "Sweatshop Labor" and "Organized Crime and Enslavement," explore modern slavery topics. The alphabetically arranged main entries are varied, discussing subjects from Jane Addams to the Decree Respecting Domestic Slavery in German East Africa. Each easy-to-read, signed entry is a few pages long and followed by cross-references and a short further-reading list. Black-and-white reproductions of photos and paintings appearing intermittently throughout provide focus. Volume 2 closes with more than 200 pages of chronologically arranged primary-source documents ranging from legislative acts to treatises on human liberty. The index is comprehensive. BOTTOM LINE This highly focused encyclopedia offers useful source material for those interested in human rights issues in the modern age. It is recommended for the general public and high school students seeking additional information or as a starting point for research.—Annette Haldeman, Dept. of Legislative Svcs. Lib., Annapolis, MD
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A detailed and comprehensive work on a narrow subject, this work documents evolving forms of slavery from the 18th century to the present. Five overview essays provide context on how chattel slavery has given way to human trafficking, sharecropping, debt bondage, forced prostitution and migration, and other horrific forms of human ownership. Alphabetically arranged entries detail major laws, movements, concepts, vocabulary, and people related to slavery in the modern world. Each entry includes further-reading suggestions and clear cross-references. Black-and-white illustrations break up the text. The real treasure for researchers, though, will be the full-text collection of more than 50 primary-source documents-laws, presidential speeches, United Nations documents, papal encyclicals, and more-from 1789 to 2006. A finely crafted resource.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851097838
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Pages: 859
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.50 (d)

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