Anti-slavery Day Reading

Today, October 18, is anti-slavery day in the United Kingdom and anti-trafficking day in the European Union. To mark the event, here are some recent books that take an in-depth look at forced human labor and efforts to end it.

From Human Trafficking to Human Rights
From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery


Edited by Alison Brysk and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series

In this volume a cast of experts demonstrates that it is time to recognize human trafficking as an issue of human rights and social justice, rooted in larger structural issues relating to the global economy, human security, U.S. foreign policy, and labor and gender relations

Let This Voice Be Heard
Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism


Maurice Jackson

In the first intellectual biography of the man universally recognized in his own time as the founder of the Atlantic antislavery movement, Jackson demonstrates how Anthony Benezet mediated Enlightenment political and social thought, African travel narratives, and the ideas and experiences of ordinary people to create a new antislavery critique.

The Anti-Slavery Project
The Anti-Slavery Project: From the Slave Trade to Human Trafficking


Joel Quirk

A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series

Historian and human rights scholar Joel Quirk examines the evolution of political opposition to slavery from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. He offers an original diagnosis of the underlying causes driving one of the most pressing human rights problems in the world today.

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