List of figures; List of contributors; Preface: solidarity of the ages David Blight; Acknowledgments; Introduction: getting beyond chattel slavery James Brewer Stewart and Elizabeth Swanson; Part I. Understanding and Defining Slavery, Then and Now: 1. Contemporary slavery in historical perspective David Richardson; 2. Slavery as civic death: making sense of modern slavery in historical context James Sidbury; 3. From statute to amendment and back again: the evolution of American slavery and antislavery law Allison Mileo Gorsuch; Part II. Forms of Slavery, Past and Present: 4. Kidnappers and subcontractors: historical perspectives on human trafficking John Donoghue; 5. Maritime bondage: comparing past and present Kerry Ward; 6. 'All boys are bound to someone': reimagining freedom in the history of child slavery Anna Mae Duane; 7. From white slavery to anti-prostitution, the long view: law, policy and sex trafficking Jessica R. Pliley; Part III. The Lessons and Solutions of History for Today: 8. All the ships that never sailed: lessons for the modern antislavery movement from the British naval campaigns against the Atlantic slave trade Dave Blair; 9. Defending slavery, denying slavery: rhetorical strategies of the contemporary sex worker rights movement in historical context Elizabeth Swanson and James Brewer Stewart; 10. The power of the past in the present: the capital of the confederacy as an antislavery city Monti Narayan Datta and James Brewer Stewart; An annotated bibliography for further research; Index.
Advance praise: 'This insightful book helps to destroy the myth that somehow slavery of the past was fundamentally different to slavery today, and that antislavery was peopled with heroes in the past and bureaucrats today. Expansive yet detailed, rich with discovery, this is slavery scholarship at its best.' Kevin Bales, author of Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World Advance praise: 'Starting with the brilliant preface, readers of this volume have much to savor from this superbly written and researched book by top historians. As the diverse and informative essays explain, what differentiates the past from the present is the present illegality of slavery. I recommend this work to a very diverse readership.' Louise Shelley, author of Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective Advance praise: 'Slavery is an ongoing stain and this collection is highly relevant in its effort to read from the past to the present. This provides a conceptual depth and a historiography also ballast for our consideration of the present. Strongly recommended.' Jeremy Black, author of A Brief History of Slavery