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Five Thousand Years of Slavery

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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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Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
David Vanness
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-have
A several century old Norwegian law against killing a slave "...warned such murderers that they'd have to answer to God."
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
The authors rely on archival photographs and illustrations and engaging personal stories to provide a comprehensive history of slavery. The twelve chapters make it clear that slavery may have been abolished by law in many countries, but in practice, it continues across the globe. Beginning in ancient Egypt as well as the practices of the Greeks and Romans and concluding with current practices of enslaving women and children in the carpet industry or as sex slaves and farm workers, the book is ma ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explores the long and dreary, yet fascinating, history of slavery. It begins in biblical times and continues through to present day.

Slavery has existed for five thousand years. It existed in Christianity, Judaism and Islam alike. The impact of the slave industry on Africa is staggering.

This book is filled with fascinating details, such as the fact that thousands of years ago, slavers were required to list character flaws that would indicate "passion" in a slave, such as "an extreme int
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Five Thousand Years of Slavery is an incredible multicultural book that also is a lot like informational text surrounding the history of slavery. The authors, Gann and Willen, take a stand point which emphasizes that slavery isn’t something that started a few hundred years ago but rather a part of human history that started with the beginning of human civilizations thousands of years ago. The whole book takes a chronological view of the path slavery took from where historians believe it began an ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: slavery
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.)
Paula Mcclung
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble
Vivid and stark description of slavery through the ages, avoiding glamorization and refusing to avoid unpleasant truths. Care is taken to treat slaves as people, not just victims or sad stories, and the modern information is documented as well as illustrated with actual cases.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great information.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Very well done. Informative page at the end noting what you can do to help stop modern slavery is also helpful.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, 2012
Quite an interesting book with a lot of things I didn't know about Slavery.
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
I am appalled at how cruel human beings can be to each other.
Edward Sullivan
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding global history of slavery, a horror that tragically persists in many parts of the world.
Kate Hastings
Jan 26, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction
After reading the History of Sugar, I feel like I need to read this, too.
Oct 14, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-new
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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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