Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery

Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery

by Janet Willen, Marjorie Gann


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770496514
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Janet Willen has been a writer and editor for more than thirty years, working on publications ranging from remedial writing curricula to articles on health and safety. Her first book co-authored with Marjorie Gann, Five Thousand Years of Slavery, was published to much critical acclaim. Janet holds a master's degree in political science from the New School for Social Research. She lives with her husband in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Marjorie Gann, an educator for over thirty years, has written language arts materials for elementary grades. While living and working in Atlantic Canada, she wrote Discover Canada: New Brunswick. The first book she co-authored with Janet Willen, Five Thousand Years of Slavery, was chosen as the Silver Winner - Book of the Year Awards for YA. Non-Fiction by ForeWord Reviews. Marjorie now lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understood conceptually the emotional and physical horrors of slavery, and put off reading this book until the sad expression of the child on the cover drew me in. The book proved engaging with gripping, personal stories that revealed cultural, historical, political, and economic dimensions of the abolition movement that were new to me, including the significance and courage of women abolitionists. This is a nonfiction page-turner with photographs and with thick, glossy pages that are tactually rewarding to turn. I’d say this is a ‘must read’ for practically everyone who wants to be an informed citizen making choices that help sustain us and our children in a land of freedom! J. Roby