From Slavery to Citizenship by Richard Ennals

By Richard Ennals

Citizenship isn't really a spectator recreation; it's all approximately engagement. From Slavery to Citizenship is a part of a much bigger photograph - a improvement technique which will allow us to realize extra keep an eye on over our personal lives and to participate in judgements in regards to the destiny course of society and the companies we are concerned in.This booklet is rare in suggesting that slavery isn't really a distant historic  phenomenon, yet a basic section of our current. humans were  slaves some time past and a few individuals are enslaved today.The topic of slavery is very charged with emotion. From Slavery to Citizenship seeks to facilitate discussion and to bridge gaps. this is often not easy as humans were talking various languages and dealing from diverse units of assumptions. a primary step is to pay attention and to profit from differences.In this publication, a unmarried author's voice brings jointly contributions from significant public figures and revered thinkers. inside a wealthy tapestry of views, there is not any unmarried line of argument, or one total end. There are contributions from Africa, North and South the US, Western and jap Europe and Asia, and from discourses in paintings corporation, occupational healthiness, psychiatry and human rights, in addition to education.After studying the ebook, you're not going to finish that every one of the individuals have agreed, yet you can find that they provide you a place to begin from which to mirror and start dialogue, in addition to the instruments to interact in lively citizenship.

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Most British citizens would not have encountered slaves, so did not recognise that the Transatlantic Slave Trade, conducted offshore, was fuelling their own prosperity. Slave traders preferred to present themselves as successful businessmen and public benefactors. Few of us pause to consider the potential long term implications of our actions. It is easier to concentrate on the short term. Slave traders did not have to think beyond particular transactions, buying and selling. Slaves were just a commodity.

This is not to denigrate the contribution of this outstanding Parliamentarian and orator, but to seek a fuller picture. 25 26 F R O M S L AV E RY T O C I T I Z E N S H I P Space, Time and Ideas In order to understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and the issues of slavery and citizenship, we have to embark on a complex voyage across space and time, in which we encounter the movement of people and of ideas. We cannot regard slavery as simply an historical phenomenon. It continues today, around the world, but in different forms.

They have tried to give a favourable impression, by maintaining silences. We have to listen to the silences, and try to discern their meaning. The distinctive feature of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade has been the surrounding silence. Where there has been doubt about the morality of particular practices, records have been INTRODUCTION limited. Slaves are rarely literate, and slave traders do not enlighten their investors regarding details of their work, and the treatment of fellow human beings.

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