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Child Slavery before and after Emancipation
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If we are to fully understand how slavery survived legal abolition, we must grapple with the work that abolition has left undone, and dismantle the structures that abolition has left in place. Child Slavery before and after Emancipation seeks to enable a vital conversation between historical and modern slavery studies - two fields that have traditionally run along parallel tracks rather than in relation to one another. In this collection, Anna Mae Duane and her interdisciplinary group of contributors seek to build historical and contemporary bridges between race-based chattel slavery and other forms of forced child labor, offering a series of case studies that illuminate the varied roles of enslaved children. Duane provides a provocative, historically grounded set of inquiries that suggest how attending to child slaves can help to better define both slavery and freedom.


‘These consistently excellent, highly insightful essays compel us to reconsider the problem of slavery as history and also as an agonizing contemporary challenge. The case developed here for a child-centered study of slavery, past and present, is truly compelling.'

James Brewer Stewart - Founder, Historians Against Slavery

‘In this excellent and original collection, Anna Mae Duane and her team have carefully documented the political considerations, historical variations, and lived experiences that have too often been overshadowed by superficial appeals to tarnished innocence.'

Joel Quirk - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and author of The Anti-Slavery Project

‘In a period preoccupied with collecting micro-level data on slavery's past and present, this collection of empirically informative and theoretically rich essays lays a thicket of thorny questions about the relationships among childhood, slavery, adulthood, consent, vulnerability, and freedom before readers. Duane has done an exceptional job of delineating these vital conceptual discussions that run through the volume and their urgent implications for current anti-slavery thinking and practice.'

Jane Anna Gordon - author of Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Frantz Fanon

'This collection of 11 interdisciplinary essays combines case studies from the 19th century to the present, arguing that examining historical and modern child slavery together enriches and informs its history and vice versa. … This thought-provoking book advocates interdisciplinary, integrated research centering on global child slavery, attentive to children’s voices and responsive to human rights.'

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