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By documenting modern slavery in this collection of slave narratives, Laura Murphy has allowed the victims of contemporary bondage to speak for themselves. These often heart-wrenching accounts do more than reveal the tragic stories of contemporary abuse and suffering but often reveal patterns of behavior and resistance that can inform our understanding of historic slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries, not only on the plantations of the Americas but also in households in Africa and commercial firms in India and throughout the Islamic world. This collection clearly establishes the international dimensions and the persistence of slavery.--Paul E. Lovejoy, Director, The Harriet Tubman Institute

Murphy has allowed the victims of contemporary bondage to speak for themselves. These often heart-wrenching accounts do more than reveal the tragic stories of contemporary abuse and suffering; they often reveal patterns of behavior and resistance that can inform our understanding of historic slavery in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This collection clearly establishes the international dimensions and persistence of slavery.--Paul E. Lovejoy, Director, The Harriet Tubman Institute

"Survivors of Slavery" invites the reader not only to consider the actual words on the page, but also to question context, voice, and what is not being said.--Sandra Morgan, Director, Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University

As awareness of modern slavery explodes, the least heard but most important voices we need to hear belong to slavery survivors. It is a simple fact that if you have always lived in freedom the lived truth of slavery is unimaginable. For the slaves and ex-slaves this creates a deep gap, a sense that they will never be understood. Laura T. Murphy's superlative "Survivors of Slavery" bridges that gap and opens the door to understanding and healing. There are plenty of books to read if you want to understand modern slavery in your head, but if you want to understand the truth of slavery in your heart, "read this book."--Kevin Bales, cofounder of Free the Slaves

"Survivors of Slavery" invites the reader not only to consider the actual words on the page, but also to question context, voice, and what is not being said.--Sandra Morgan, Director, Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University

Murphy has allowed the victims of contemporary bondage to speak for themselves. These often heart-wrenching accounts do more than reveal the tragic stories of contemporary abuse and suffering; they often reveal patterns of behavior and resistance that can inform our understanding of historic slavery in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This collection clearly establishes the international dimensions and persistence of slavery.--Paul E. Lovejoy, Director, The Harriet Tubman Institute

Survivors of Slavery invites the reader not only to consider the actual words on the page, but also to question context, voice, and what is not being said.--Sandra Morgan, Director, Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University

As awareness of modern slavery explodes, the least heard but most important voices we need to hear belong to slavery survivors. It is a simple fact that if you have always lived in freedom the lived truth of slavery is unimaginable. For the slaves and ex-slaves this creates a deep gap, a sense that they will never be understood. Laura T. Murphy's superlative Survivors of Slavery bridges that gap and opens the door to understanding and healing. There are plenty of books to read if you want to understand modern slavery in your head, but if you want to understand the truth of slavery in your heart, read this book.--Kevin Bales, cofounder of Free the Slaves

About the Author

Laura T. Murphy is assistant professor of English, director of the Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University New Orleans, and director of the Survivors of Slavery speakers network. She is the author of Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature


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