Child Slavery and the Global Economy: Historical Perspectives on a Contemporary Problem

  • John Donoghue
Part of the The Loyola University Symposium on the Human Rights of Children book series (LUSY, volume 1)


In the fall of 1649 on the docks of a large slave trading port, sailors strained, sweated, and swore through their work, hauling cargo, hoisting sails, and mending rigging, making ready for a voyage to the colonies. As the sailors prepared to weigh anchor, a crowd of parents gathered along the shoreline, grieving for their children who had been kidnapped and brought aboard the ship. As their children struggled for breath in the suffocating stench and stifling heat of the ship’s hold, the parents grew despondent, desperate to redeem their children from a future of death-dealing labor in the scorching fields of the English Chesapeake or Caribbean. A sympathetic witness noted that when the slave ship began to sail into the distance, the parents followed along the water’s edge, “crying and mourning for their children’s redemption from slavery” (Bullock, 1649 , pp. 13–14; Harlow, 1923 , p. 300; Linebaugh & Rediker, 2000 , p. 110).


Seventeenth Century Human Trafficking Slave Labor Global South Chattel Slavery 
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