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  “Glimpses into the past are everywhere in Bristol. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Linden Place, and Colt Memorial High School loom high above Hope Street. I’ve walked along streets and past homes that are older than the state of Oregon. Standing on the dock, looking out over the harbor from the end of what is known as DeWolf Wharf on Thames Street, it is easy to imagine the long, colorful history of this place.”

Inheriting the Trade

Ending Modern-Day Slavery

It is estimated that 27 million people are enslaved today; forced to work in sweatshops, restaurants, manufacturing, agriculture, prostitution and as private domestic workers under threat of violence or death against individuals and their families. A powerful book, published in 2008, will take you directly into this heartbreaking underworld: A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery.
  • The Seattle Public Library has put together an extensive resource list of books, websites, documents, CDs and DVDs on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking. Thank you to my Coming to the Table colleague Mary Douglass for sharing this great list.
  • Not For Sale is a campaign of like-minded seekers of justice united to fight the global slave trade (including the liberation of an estimated 200,000 enslaved people within the United States). They aim to educate and mobilize an activist international abolitionist movement to end slavery in our lifetime.
  • ¡Abolish works with former victims of human trafficking to abolish modern-day slavery, focusing primarily on systems of chattel slavery in Sudan and Mauritania.
  • Free the Slaves puts forward a plan to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end forever. Each of us, our communities, governments, businesses, and the United Nations has a role to play.
  • Teachers resource guide: Ending Slavery: An Unfinished Business. Designed in Great Britain in connection with the film Amazing Grace (this website is also filled with additional resources), this guide links the campaign to abolish slavery in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to campaigns against slavery today.
      Inheriting the Trade, by Thomas Norman DeWolf, is published by Beacon Press. Copyright 2007.