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Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.

‘No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery,’ wrote former slave, author and abolitionist Harriet Ann Jacobs in her 1861 memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Sadly, more than 150 years later, the Global Slavery Index estimates tens of millions of people are subjected to human trafficking and slavery every year. And while, as Jacobs said, no words can apt describe the effects of this corruption, books and stories can help raise awareness and alarm in the face of injustice. Here are some books that do just that.


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