From the early days of the antislavery movement, when political action by women was frowned upon, British and American women were tireless and uncompromising campaigners. Without their efforts, emancipation would have taken much longer.Read more...
From the early days of the antislavery movement, when political action by women was frowned upon, British and American women were tireless and uncompromising campaigners. Without their efforts, emancipation would have taken much longer. And the commitment of today's women, who fight against human trafficking and child slavery, descends directly from that of the early female activists. Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery tells the story of fourteen of these women. Meet Alice Seeley Harris, the British missionary whose graphic photographs of mutilated Congolese rubber slaves in 1904 galvanized a nation; Hadijatou Mani, the woman from Niger who successfully sued her own government in 2008 for failing to protect her from slavery, as well as Elizabeth Freeman, Elizabeth Heyrick, Ellen Craft, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frances Anne Kemble, Kathleen Simon, Fredericka Martin, Timea Nagy, Micheline Slattery, Sheila Roseau and Nina Smith. With photographs, source notes, and index.
- ISBN-13: 9781770496514
- ISBN-10: 1770496513
- Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 216
- Reading Level: Ages 12-17
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.75 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Readers who think of slavery as an institution relegated to the past will be enlightened by this engrossing study of female abolitionists from the 18th century to the present day. Familiar figures include Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe, but the majority of the individuals will likely be new to many readers. Among them are Ellen Craft, the daughter of a slave and a plantation owner who disguised herself as a white slave master to travel north with her black husband; missionary Alice Seeley Harris, whose photographs documented atrocities committed against Congolese rubber workers; and Micheline Slattery, who was enslaved in both Haiti and the United States and now speaks out on behalf of other victims. A powerful indictment of human rights abuses and tribute to the women who have fought them. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)