The Healing provides a thought provoking look at slavery in the antebellum South. Gran Gran has just taken in a young grieving orphan named Violet. Gran Gran tells Violet the story of her life beginning when she was born a slave on a plantation. She was taken from her mother...
French journalist Annick Cojean writes an important but difficult-to-read account of the extensive system of sexual violence that existed in Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. She uncovered this very secretive world of abuse while investigating women's role in Libya's revolution, a topic that has not received much attention.
Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave, was Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante. Elizabeth bought her freedom before the Civil War started. I found the idea of the story a fascinating one. Was Mrs. Keckley a real person? Are all those stories about Mrs. Lincoln's mental illness accurate?
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery." -- President Barack Obama
For every triumph of human rights, there is a new corner of darkness somewhere in the world that needs the bright light of justice shone on it. And that light doesn't have to reach very far; Colorado is a hub for international human trafficking. A special task force has been formed to combat the problem.
Read up. Knowledge is empowering: many contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are reporting on this heartbreaking subject.
The story begins in Haiti shortly before the French Revolution and follows Zarité, bought as a child to be the personal slave of a wealthy sugar cane plantation owner's new wife, through her experiences and relationships. I loved the historical aspect of this book, from the heartbreaking descriptions of the...