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Five Thousand Years of Slavery

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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, slav
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Tundra Books
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Slavery is not something of the past, slavery is not something that is unique to a particular race, a specific country, or a previous time period. People are enslaved today and the rich continue to benefit from their enslavement. Five thousand years of slavery continues. This is what I am taking away from this book.

This book is detailed enough to keep you captivated while igniting you to learn more of what is going on today and what you can do about it. The illustrations, pictures, maps, and st
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Five Thousand Years of Slavery, a survey on the global history of this foul condition, fills a gap on the shelves of juvenile literature with a world perspective in this area. Laid out in a loosely chronological and geographical fashion, its 12 sections stretch from the ancient near east to slavery throughout the modern world. With a narrative style and period quotes, the authors thoroughly describe the role of slave traders, the lives and work of slaves, and the laws covering the institution of ...more
Five Thousand Years of Slavery
Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen
Tundra Books

A Librarything Early Reviewer book.

Five Thousand Years of Slavery is a non-fiction history of slavery aimed at a young adult audience.

Areas covered are: The Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece and Rome, Europe in the Middle Ages, Slavery under Islam, Africa, The Americas, South America and the Caribbean, British Abolition, North America, The United States, Asia and the Southern Pacific, and The Modern World.

This is a very
A well written examination of historical and modern slavery. We learn about slavery throughout history, in different countries, cultures and religions, and about slavery as and where it happens today (chocolate, vegetables, clothing and trinkets, anyone?). This book is aimed at a younger audience (pre-teens and teens), but apart from a few explanations that adults understand, anyone would benefit from reading this book. Other books are introduced for a more thorough examination of slavery, many ...more
I got this looking for an in-depth examination of global slavery, which it is not. Rather it's a basic overview of the world wide history of slavery, seemingly aimed at elementary and junior high students.

While occasionally I found it a bit too vague (an entry on Toussaint L'Ouverture didn't make clear the connection to Haiti until after addressing his death in prison) for the most part it delivers an easily understood comparison of slavery's widespread-- seemingly eternal-- hold from ancient t
This is a useful reminder that slavery didn't exist just in the U.S. and the New World with black Africans and Native Americans. It goes back into ancient history and even into the modern day world. And it's worldwide.
Chapters are: Kings, pharaohs and prophets (the ancient Near East); Rebellion and revenge (Ancient Greece & Rome); Saints and Vikings (Europe in the Middle Ages); Caravans, canoes, and captives (Africa); Explorers, laborers, warriors, chiefs (The Americas); The treacherous tria
A very sad but fascinating examination of the institution of slavery through the ages, including modern day slavery, especially that of children. Unfortunately, they didn't cover the modern-day exploitation of people in sex trafficking. (Stay away from the country of Mauritania, which has passed several anti-slavery laws over the years, but has never enforced them.)
Emily Wickeham
This book was interesting because it really described the history of slavery thoroughly and accurately, from the beginning of time until now. It even tells personalized stories of different slaves, and the toll slavery takes on people. However, some information may be disturbing.
Paula Mcclung
An overview of slavery from ancient times, the victims always the impoverished with no voice, to current situations. "More than 250,000 children were enslaved by military groups in 2009, according to the United Nations." Read about Francis Bok, whose story will leave you forever changed!
Very well done. Informative page at the end noting what you can do to help stop modern slavery is also helpful.
Edward Sullivan
An outstanding global history of slavery, a horror that tragically persists in many parts of the world.
Quite an interesting book with a lot of things I didn't know about Slavery.
Kate Hastings
Jan 26, 2011 Kate Hastings marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction
After reading the History of Sugar, I feel like I need to read this, too.
May 10, 2011 MMW rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: history
I am appalled at how cruel human beings can be to each other.
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MARJORIE GANN, an educator for thirty years, has written language arts curricula, review articles on children's literature, and sat on the jury for the Canadian Jewish Book Awards. She lives in Toronto with her husband and has two grown children.
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