Now, that the Olympics are over and we have witnessed a truly commendable display of world harmony, I would like to revert your attention to a horror that’s forever been part of the World History books…the Slave Trade !
“In the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women, torn from Africa and sold into slavery, revolted against the slave system to obtain freedom and independence for Haiti, gained in 1804. The uprising was a turning point in human history, greatly impacting the establishment of universal human rights, for which we are all indebted.” This is an excerpt from a message by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, for International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition, which the UN observes on 29th of August.
A wide variety of literature and cinema has been dedicated to depict the effects of slavery on the world, many of it, masterpieces.
So, in this post for Thank God, Its Saturday !, I give out my recommendations on 3 movies (one of them is a TV mini-series, actually) and 2 books that deal with this despicable social phenomenon. Enjoy !
Movies on Slavery
#3 Roots (1977)
IMDb Rating- 8.5/10
“A dramatization of author Alex Haley’s family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte’s enslavement to his descendants’ liberation.”
Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos
#2 12 Years a Slave
IMDb Rating- 8.1/10
“In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.”
Director: Steve McQueen
Writers: John Ridley (screenplay), Solomon Northup (based on “Twelve Years a Slave” by)
#1 Django Unchained
IMDb Rating- 8.5/10
“With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.”
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Books on Slavery
#2 Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Goodreads Rating- 4.1/5
“Booker T. Washington, the most recognized national leader, orator and educator, emerged from slavery in the deep south, to work for the betterment of African Americans in the post Reconstruction period.
“Up From Slavery” is an autobiography of Booker T. Washington’s life and work, which has been the source of inspiration for all Americans. Washington reveals his inner most thoughts as he transitions from ex-slave to teacher and founder of one of the most important schools for African Americans in the south, The Tuskegee Industrial Institute.
Booker T. Washington’s words are profound. Washington includes the address he gave at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895, which made him a national figure. He imparts `gems of wisdom’ throughout the book, which are relevant to Americans who aspire to achieve great attainments in life.”
#1 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Goodreads Rating- 3.8/5
“The narrative drive of Stowe’s classic novel is often overlooked in the heat of the controversies surrounding its anti-slavery sentiments. In fact, it is a compelling adventure story with richly drawn characters and has earned a place in both literary and American history. Stowe’s puritanical religious beliefs show up in the novel’s final, overarching theme—the exploration of the nature of Christianity and how Christian theology is fundamentally incompatible with slavery.”
So, here it is, folks. I hope you and try out and ponder over my recommendations, and take a step towards universal brotherhood. Till then, Ahoy !
REFERENCE & DRAFT BY- Ishaan Patil