"The scope extends beyond North America and the Atlantic world, and encompasses ancient times through the 20th century. The set is thematically organized according to antislavery and its emergence as an organized movement; the immediate precipitants of abolition and the processes of its passage; and the enactment of emancipation and its consequences. Arranged alphabetically, entries contain boldface cross-references, followed by a short further reading list that includes print and electronic resources. Navigation is enhanced through see references. Volume 1's strong chronology includes international and related events dating from 1441 through 2005. Especially useful are the introduction, which provides an overview of the history of antislavery, abolitionism, and emancipation; Guide to Related Topics; selected bibliography; inclusion of forces and people who opposed abolition; and presentation of abolition and emancipation as separate processes. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."
"Both of these two entries in Greenwoods Milestones in African American History series offer a solid foothold for high school or college students beginning research on slave resistance or abolition. They cover people, places, philosophies, and popular culture and share many common features: readable, signed A-to-Z entries with short source lists; general bibliographies; chronologies; black-and-white illustrations; and subject indexes. With 400 cross-referenced entries, Antislavery provides a global look at efforts to combat slavery....Recommended for high school, college, and large public libraries. (Reviewed in conjunction with Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion, Rodrigues, Greenwood Press)"
"[T]his set covers the ideology and activism of the various international movements that resisted and ultimately led to the repeal of slavery. Though the focus is mainly on the Atlantic World in the 1700s and 1800s, entries trace the changing fortunes of slavery worldwide, from early beliefs in the necessity, righteousness, and divine approval of the peculiar institution to the later beliefs in the mid-nineteenth century that slavery was evidence of moral decay in a society and little short of evil incarnate. Overall, the encyclopedia outlines and explains the various antislavery movements-their origins, structures, accomplishments, seminal figures, and historic import. The consequences of manumission are covered in great detail as well, with reverberations that often reach to the present day....The entries are succinct and informative and full of cross-references and suggestions for further reading. . . . [T]his is a fine resource for users ranging from undergraduates to general readers."
"This two-volume encyclopedia contains approximately 300 entries on topics in antislavery, abolition, and emancipation, with an objective of detailing the topics in an accessible manner and showing the broad range of forms these forces followed in history. It has three thematic concerns: illustrating the various forms of antislavery and its emergence as an organized movement, showing the causes of abolition and its passage, and describing the process of emancipation and its consequences. Slavery is discussed in many societies and time periods, including the twentieth century, with a focus on the Atlantic world. Following a historical introduction, the entries detail specific countries, important figures and leaders, economic issues, ideology and philosophy, literature, music, the law, organizations and societies, politics, rebellions, religion, slave trade, social and cultural issues, war, and women. Emancipation and abolition are treated separately."