Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2018
Charlotte James is a postgraduate student at the University of Nottingham doing her PhD in American Studies. Having completed her Undergraduate degree in History at the University of Leeds, James stayed on to complete a Masters in Race and Resistance, an interdisciplinary taught course that offered insight into racial approaches and the various means of resistance. James’ Masters dissertation focused on 19th century black women and researched the memory of Harriet Tubman. Now completing a PhD at the University of Nottingham, she is expanding this research to include Sojourner Truth, examining black heroism and the evolution of black women’s memory. James worked for The Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham as a research associate, creating an online archive of over one hundred murals protesting modern slavery and analysing the use of children’s literature in the modern antislavery movement.
This article provides the first survey of children’s literature on modern slavery and analyses the emergence of this movement. Exploring fictional texts and survivor accounts, this article explores how these texts bring modern slavery to children from the news and media. It examines the various trends that emerge from these pieces, including the countries included, types of slavery highlighted, the ages and genders of individuals, and the authors of these texts, survivors or not. It also includes preliminary conclusions about the effectiveness of those texts as educational tools, discussing how these texts highlight signs of slavery and unpack its scale.