Slavery & Human Trafficking

Slavery & Human Trafficking

Mini Exhibit
January 2018

On January 4, 2010, President Barack Obama signed Proclamation 8471, declaring January the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Each year since, the sitting president has renewed this proclamation and commitment to ending slavery and the trafficking of human beings as a phenomenon that still endures in our country. The proclamation begins:

The United States was founded on the principle that all people are born with an unalienable right to freedom—an ideal that has driven the engine of American progress throughout our history. As a Nation, we have known moments of great darkness and greater light; and dim years of chattel slavery illuminated and brought to an end by President Lincoln's actions and a painful Civil War. Yet even today, the darkness and inhumanity of enslavement exists. Millions of people worldwide are held in compelled service, as well as thousands within the United States. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we acknowledge that forms of slavery still exist in the modern era, and we recommit ourselves to stopping the human traffickers who ply this horrific trade.

In this exhibit, we are reminded of the continual suffering caused by the institutionalized slavery and the forced labor of our most vulnerable populations. Proclamation 8471 urges everyone to educate themselves on modern day slavery and to be a part of the solution to eradicate it.


On display:

Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke-White
You Have Seen their Faces
New York: Modern Age Books, 1937
Marquand Photography, HD207.C3 1937a (addl. copies in RBSC and ReCAP)

A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection, ed. by Amalia Amaki
Newark, Del.: University Museum, University of Delaware, and New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press, 2004
Marquand Library, N6538.N5 C45 2004

Hine, Lewis Wickes
Lewis Hine: Musée Carnavalet, 6 novembre 1990 - 6 janvier 1991
Paris: Paris Musées; Paris Audiovisuel. 1990
Marquand Photography, TR647 .H58 1990

Hine, Lewis Wickes
Lewis W. Hine: Child Labor Photographs
Washington, DC: Lunn Gallery; Graphics International, 1980
Marquand Photography, TR647 .H58 1980

Nicolas Lampert
A People's Art History of the United States: 250 years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements
New York: The New Press, 2013
Marquand Library, N72.P6 L37 2013

Mary Ellen Mark
Tiny: Streetwise Revisited
New York: Aperture, 2015
Marquand Photography, Oversize TR681.F28 M37 2015q

Rebecca Peabody
Consuming Stories: Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race
Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2016
Marquand Library, N6537.W239 P43 2016

Priceless Children: American Photographs, 1890-1925: Lewis Hine, F. Holland Day, Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence H. White, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston: Child Labor and the Pictorialist Ideal, organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and curated by George Dimock
Greensboro, NC: Weatherspoon Art Museum; Seattle, WA: Distributed by the University of Washington Press, 2001
Marquand Photography, Oversize TR681.C5 P74 2001q

David C. Ward and Dorothy Moss, with an essay by John Fagg
The Sweat of their Face: Portraying American workers
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2017
Marquand Library, N8219.L2 S94 2017


Jan. Exhibit