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Remembering the Slave Trade and its Abolition - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This month, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing on 23rd August in commemorating UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The day is one of the events coordinated by the Slave Route Project, also administered by UNESCO, which, for the last 21 years, has sought to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery across the world, and to highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history.

The importance of the Slave Route Project and of the remembrance day of 23rd August lie in their continuing promotion of cultural pluralism, and the promotion of human rights and intercultural dialogue. Unfortunately, the abolition of the slave trade did not put a definitive end to slavery or the exploitation of workers—according to the International Labour Organisation, around 21 million men, women and children around the world are still kept in a form of slavery.

UNESCO designated 23rd August to be the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition as an answer to the growing interest to and expectations generated by the launch of the Slave Route Project in 1994.

The date symbolises the fact that slaves were the principle instigators of their freedom, as the insurrection that occurred in Saint-Domingue during the night of 22nd August 1791 irremediably affected the slavery system, played a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, and eventually led to the creation of the Republic of Haiti.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is not only a commemoration of past events, but also provides an opportunity to develop international solidarity and to promote tolerance and human rights by mobilising UNESCO member states, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations.

To mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on three of our related titles on slaves and slavery, particularly in relation to the modern era. To find out more about each title, please click on the image.

This book offers an overview of the complexities of the lives of Black people over various periods of history as they struggled to build lives away from Africa in societies that, in general, denied them the basic right of fully belonging. Another Black Like Me presents scenes from the long history of Blacks in Latin America, such as runaway slaves seen through official documentation; the memoirs of a slave who still dreamt of his homeland; demands for citizenship and kinship by Black immigrants; the fantasies of Blacks in the United States about the lives of Blacks in Brazil; a case study of some of those who returned to Africa and had to build a new identity based on their experiences as slaves; and the abstract representations of race and colour in the Caribbean. The studies all share the common element of living in societies where the definition of blackness was flexible, there were no laws of racial segregation, and where the culture, on one hand, tolerates miscegenation, but, on the other, denies full recognition of the rights of Blacks.

While distinguished academies of higher learning, governments, politicians, and the media struggle to find solutions to the imminent dangers posed to the Middle East and the world at large, a devastating human rights war has unfolded, with precious few warriors to combat it, let alone stem its brutal injustice. If there is any scourge that puts Civilization at Risk, it is the malignant disregard for the human rights of the millions of people who suffer slavery and inhumane treatment at the hands of fellow human beings. With 30 million people in slavery today, 30 million seeds of strife have been sown, as the souls of these victims are seared beyond recognition. Human trafficking cannot be combated by indifference or ignorance, but, rather, by the education of people world-wide, to awaken them to this 21st century scourge, as well as by instilling in them the courage and determination to stand and fight this evil, as Augustine, Wilberforce and Lincoln did, centuries ago.

This book presents an analysis of the slavery and manumission practiced in the Persian Gulf region in the first half of the 20th century. It is unique as it exposes the life stories of several hundred slaves, using their own voices. A striking aspect of the majority of studies on slavery is that they provide the reader with excellent statistics and describe the mechanism of enslavement, the routes of slave trading, and the economic and social conditions of enslaved people, but slaves themselves generally remain anonymous. As such, this book gives voice directly to the slaves by presenting, in full, their statements made at the British Agencies in Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Sharjah, and Bushire. Altogether around 1,000 statements were made by slaves asking for manumission certificates, and these statements shed light on various aspects of social, economic and political life on the Arabian shore of the Gulf. Given that it uncovers new aspects of the every-day life of the Arabian Peninsula, this book will also be of help to people of this region who are researching their roots.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SLAVERY15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2015.

To find out more about the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and other commemorative days organised by the Slave Route Project, please click here.

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