The Persistence of Slavery
An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
The Persistence of Slavery provides an invaluable investigation into the origins of modern slavery and early efforts to combat it, locating this practice in the political, social, and economic changes that occurred as a result of British colonialism and its lingering effects, which perpetuate child trafficking in Nigeria today.
"The Persistence of Slavery is an excellent addition to the expanding literature on the history of children and childhood, particularly for its focus on economic history."—American Historical Review
"The Persistence of Slavery offers a wealth of information on child labor and trafficking in a key period of international concern about slavery . . . [T]he book provides a much-needed focus on African children’s history and opens up new avenues of research."—Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
"An important, original contribution to the history of child trafficking in the twentieth century, the history of children globally, and to Nigerian and West African history, in general."—Benjamin N. Lawrance, editor in chief of African Studies Review and author of Amistad's Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling
"One of the few book-length studies on the history of children in colonial Africa, The Persistence of Slavery is necessary and timely. It will be a first choice for courses on African history and childhood studies."—Saheed Aderinto, author of When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900–1958