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Ending slavery : how we free today's slaves /
Kevin Bales.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007.
description
261 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520254708 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520254701 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007.
isbn
0520254708 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520254701 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The challenge : understanding the world of new slavery -- Building the plan -- Rescuing slaves today -- Home-grown freedom -- Governments : carrying the biggest stick -- Global problem, global reach -- Ending the (product) chain -- Ending poverty to end slavery to end poverty to end slavery.
catalogue key
6292725
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Excerpts
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"Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans have congratulated themselves on ending slavery once and for all. But did we? Kevin Bales is a powerful and effective voice in pointing out the appalling degree to which servitude, forced labor and outright slavery still exist in today's world, even here. This book is a valuable primer on the persistence of these evils, their intricate links to poverty, corruption and globalization--and what we can do to combat them. He's a modern-day William Lloyd Garrison."--Adam Hochschild, author ofBury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves "None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved. The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity. Today we finally have the means and increasingly the conviction to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom. Read Kevin Bales's practical and inspiring book, and you will discover how our world can be free at last."--Desmond Tutu "I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming to freedom I am committed to end it forever. This book shows us how to make a world where no more childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was."--Given Kachepa, former U.S. slave, recipient of the Yoshiyama Award "Kevin Bales does not just pontificate from behind a desk. >From the charcoal pits ofÊBrazil to the brothels of Thailand, he has seen the victims of modern day slavery. InEnding Slavery, Bales gives us an update on what's happening (and not happening), and a controversial plan to abolish slavery in the 21st century. This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn aboutÊthe great human rights issue of our times."--Ambassador John Miller, former director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
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"None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved. The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity. Today we finally have the means and increasingly the conviction to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom. Read Kevin Bales's practical and inspiring book, and you will discover how our world can be free at last."--Desmond Tutu "Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans have congratulated themselves on ending slavery once and for all. But did we? Kevin Bales is a powerful and effective voice in pointing out the appalling degree to which servitude, forced labor and outright slavery still exist in today's world, even here. This book is a valuable primer on the persistence of these evils, their intricate links to poverty, corruption and globalization--and what we can do to combat them. He's a modern-day William Lloyd Garrison."--Adam Hochschild, author ofBury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves "I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming to freedom I am committed to end it forever. This book shows us how to make a world where no more childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was."--Given Kachepa, former U.S. slave, recipient of the Yoshiyama Award "Kevin Bales does not just pontificate from behind a desk. From the charcoal pits of Brazil to the brothels of Thailand, he has seen the victims of modern day slavery. InEnding Slavery, Bales gives us an update on what's happening (and not happening), and a controversial plan to abolish slavery in the 21st century. This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the great human rights issue of our times."--Ambassador John Miller, former director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
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"None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved. The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity. Today we finally have the means and increasingly the conviction to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom. Read Kevin Bales's practical and inspiring book, and you will discover how our world can be free at last."--Desmond Tutu "Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans have congratulated themselves on ending slavery once and for all. But did we? Kevin Bales is a powerful and effective voice in pointing out the appalling degree to which servitude, forced labor and outright slavery still exist in today's world, even here. This book is a valuable primer on the persistence of these evils, their intricate links to poverty, corruption and globalization--and what we can do to combat them. He's a modern-day William Lloyd Garrison."--Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves" "I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming to freedom I am committed to end it forever. This book shows us how to make a world where no more childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was."--Given Kachepa, former U.S. slave, recipient of the Yoshiyama Award "Kevin Bales does not just pontificate from behind a desk. From the charcoal pits of Brazil to the brothels of Thailand, he has seen the victims of modern day slavery. In "Ending Slavery", Bales gives us an update on what's happening (and not happening), and a controversial plan to abolish slavery in the 21st century. Thisis a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the great human rights issue of our times."--Ambassador John Miller, former director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Flap Copy
"None of us is truly free while others remain enslaved. The continuing existence of slavery is one of the greatest tragedies facing our global humanity. Today we finally have the means and increasingly the conviction to end this scourge and to bring millions of slaves to freedom. Read Kevin Bales's practical and inspiring book, and you will discover how our world can be free at last."--Desmond Tutu "Ever since the Emancipation Proclamation, Americans have congratulated themselves on ending slavery once and for all. But did we? Kevin Bales is a powerful and effective voice in pointing out the appalling degree to which servitude, forced labor and outright slavery still exist in today's world, even here. This book is a valuable primer on the persistence of these evils, their intricate links to poverty, corruption and globalization--and what we can do to combat them. He's a modern-day William Lloyd Garrison."--Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves "I know modern slavery from the inside, and since coming to freedom I am committed to end it forever. This book shows us how to make a world where no more childhoods will be stolen and sold as mine was."--Given Kachepa, former U.S. slave, recipient of the Yoshiyama Award "Kevin Bales does not just pontificate from behind a desk. From the charcoal pits of Brazil to the brothels of Thailand, he has seen the victims of modern day slavery. In Ending Slavery, Bales gives us an update on what's happening (and not happening), and a controversial plan to abolish slavery in the 21st century. This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the great human rights issue of our times."--Ambassador John Miller, former director of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2007-10-01:
At first glance, these two books about slavery today seem very similar. Each is written in an engaging, conversation tone, and each recounts the author's personal quest to examine and understand slavery now while offering brief historical surveys of the subject. Antislavery activist Bales (emeritus, Roehamption Univ., London; Understanding Global Slavery) travels the globe from India to Ghana to the United States interviewing slaves and weaving in a radical reading of the global civil rights movement from World War II. He relies so heavily on firsthand accounts that his book verges on being oral history. Pure oral history might have been better, but Bales inserts his memoirs of his activism along with pleas for funding and tips for starting your own movement. His book is the angrier of the two, meant to provoke as much as to inform. Bowe (coeditor, GIG: Americans Talk about Their Jobs) has written a book more for the head than the speen. He focuses his study on Florida, Oklahoma, and the U.S. Commonwealth of Saipan. While Bales focuses on what "they" are doing to slaves, Bowe focuses on what "we" are doing to slaves. His extended examinations dicuss the economic motivations and impact of slavery today but make facile connections between consumerism and slave owning and often "show" more thatn they "tell." The information and conclusions of both books are largely the same, but the tone is a vital distinction. Bowe saves the bulk of the moralizing (a fatalistic diatribe against American culture) for his conclusion, while Bale's invective seems unrelenting throughout, even if one agrees with it. Both books are accessible starting points for a difficult topic and are recommended, as such, for undergraduate and public libraries.--Robert Perret, Southwestern Coll., Winfield, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Recalling his own involvement in the antislavery movement, Kevin Bales recounts a personal journey in search of the solution and explains how governments and citizens can build a world without slavery.
Long Description
In his 1999 book,Disposable People,Kevin Bales brought to light the shocking fact of modern slavery and described how, nearly two hundred years after the slave trade was abolished (legal slavery would have to wait another fifty years), global slavery stubbornly persists. InEnding Slavery,Bales again grapples with the struggle to end this ancient evil and presents the ideas and insights that can finally lead to slavery's extinction. Recalling his own involvement in the anti-slavery movement, he recounts a personal journey in search of the solution and explains how governments and citizens can build a world without slavery.
Long Description
In his 1999 book, "Disposable People, "Kevin Bales brought to light the shocking fact of modern slavery and described how, nearly two hundred years after the slave trade was abolished (legal slavery would have to wait another fifty years), global slavery stubbornly persists. In "Ending Slavery, "Bales again grapples with the struggle to end this ancient evil and presents the ideas and insights that can finally lead to slavery's extinction. Recalling his own involvement in the antislavery movement, he recounts a personal journey in search of the solution and explains how governments and citizens can build a world without slavery.
Main Description
In his 1999 book, Disposable People,Kevin Bales brought to light the shocking fact of modern slavery and described how, nearly two hundred years after the slave trade was abolished (legal slavery would have to wait another fifty years), global slavery stubbornly persists. In Ending Slavery,Bales again grapples with the struggle to end this ancient evil and presents the ideas and insights that can finally lead to slavery's extinction. Recalling his own involvement in the antislavery movement, he recounts a personal journey in search of the solution and explains how governments and citizens can build a world without slavery.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Challenge: Understanding the World of New Slaveryp. 5
Building the Planp. 21
Rescuing Slaves Todayp. 36
Home-Grown Freedomp. 61
Governments: Carrying the Biggest Stickp. 96
Global Problem, Global Reachp. 139
Ending the (Product) Chainp. 177
Ending Poverty to End Slavery to End Poverty to End Slaveryp. 213
Conclusion: The Beginning of the End of Slaveryp. 229
Coda: What You Can Do to End Slaveryp. 233
Measuring the Effectiveness of Antislavery Workp. 237
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 255
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