Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery

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This book introduces fourteen women who have fought to eliminate slavery in its many forms. Several were connected with black slavery in the United States; some, like Elizabeth Freeman, Ellen Craft, and Harriet Tubman, were once slaves themselves; others, like Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frances Anne Kemble, wrote incendiary descriptions (like Uncle Tom’s Cabin) that also powerfully argued for abolition. Other women worked to eliminate slavery elsewhere in the world. Alice Seeley Harris, a missionary in the Congo at the turn of the 20th century, was horrified to see the slavery in the Belgian rubber plantations, and used photography to graphically document the atrocities she encountered and sway public opinion back home in England. Another Englishwoman, Kathleen Simon, fought to end child slavery in China. Unfortunately slavery still exists; human trafficking of young women and of children, and of forced child labor, is still a salient and alarming issue. Written for teenage readers, it is an excellent read for anyone wishing to know more about this issue. This heartbreaking but eye-opening book will inspire readers to take action along with those women who are still fighting the fight against this cruelest injustice.


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Author Janet Willen, Marjorie Gann
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 216 pages
Publisher Tundra Books
Publish Date 2015-Sep-08
ISBN 9781770496514
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Issue December 2015
Category Current Events & Politics
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