Speak a word for freedom : women against slavery

by Willen, Janet,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction HT1029.A3 W55 2015x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  HT1029.A3 W55 2015x
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 for abolition; without their efforts, emancipation could have taken decades longer. As Gunn and Willen's other collaborative nonfiction title for young people, Five Thousand Years of Slavery (Tundra, 2011) demonstrates, slavery still exists in the modern world. What Speak a Word for Freedom shows is that so do indefatigable female campaigners.
Elizabeth Freeman: "To stand one minute on God's green earth a free woman"
Elizabeth Heyrick: "No middle way
Ellen Craft: "I had much rather starve in England, a free woman"
Harriet Tubman: "I was free, an' they should be free"
Harriet Beecher Stowe: "I will write something, I will if I live"
Frances Anne Kemble: "So grievous a sin against humanity"
Alice Seeley Harris: "They are women as you and I are"
Kathleen Simon: "To wipe the dark stain of slavery from the face of the world"
Fredericka Martin: "We have a lot of social problems here"
Timea Nagy: "Everyone is worth it"
Micheline Slattery: "The best way to remove shame is to expose the shame"
Hadijatou Mani: "I was sold like a goat"
Sheila Roseau: "Little by little fills a basket"
Nina Smith: The eyes and ears of the buyer"
Afterword: "The sensitive nature of woman."

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "More than two dozen women who have acted to bring an end to slavery are presented here in their own words, archival images, and engaging and analytical narrative biographies. Beginning with the eighteenth century, when Elizabeth Freeman won her case for freedom on the basis of the new Massachusetts state constitution, the narrative moves to various black and white abolitionists active in America and Britain during the nineteenth century. More contemporary battles for freedom include twentieth- and twenty-first-century women working to end slavery in China, Niger, the Caribbean, and among rug makers in Afghanistan, India, and Nepal. In the varied, informative, and clearly written accounts, Willen and Gann address each woman's personality, opportunities, and accomplishments. With the exceptions of Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe, most of the women featured will be new to most readers. The powerful message, that the fight to end slavery is ongoing and depends on a wide variety of actions and individuals, will both educate teens on this important issue and inspire them to take active roles in civic life.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Women abolitionists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Slavery -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher [Toronto, Ontario] :2015
Contributors Gann, Marjorie, author.
Language English
Description vii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-196) and index.
ISBN 9781770496514
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