I was asked by the author, Rachel Hightower to write a review on this book. I find it’s well written and well researched. It’s a historic, statistical outline of women lives who later became African America women. But the most interesting thing about this book is goes further. It tells of their plights of captivity from their homeland, and sold into the Middle and Far East. Of the long reach of the slave trade into the New World and beyond. I learned a lot I didn’t know about the slave trade.
I had no idea the trade was going as far East as China into Japan. The original routes were what is commonly known the Silk Road. I was impressed by her through research. It reminded me of something someone like Professor Louis Gates would write.
I was unaware there was once a trade out of Europe during the 7th-11th century. It usually was done for a debt unable to be paid. One should sell off one of their children. Usually a daughter. Never to be seen again.
She mention the fact that much of this history has been buried. That we must uncover this buried history to learn they why of many of the chaos we see taking place today. That incidents have a root cause. They don’t fall out of the clear blue sky. You can not understand the world around you if you don’t know the past or refuse to look at it; regardless of how ugly, gory or filled with grimness it maybe.
It’s a very haunting,chilling account of the cruelty of slavery, and human trafficking. More lives has been lost in this lucrative business than we will ever know. She shows how what the world have been dealing with since the notorious terrorist attacks of recent years can all be trade back to the wars fought over this trade started nearly a thousand years ago. That bitter battles were fought in the Sinai Peninsula to prevent the trade and how many different nations participated.
She had a vital point. A society is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
I think “Girl Child in the Unpromised Land.” is an excellent read for anyone who truly willing to learn about the plight of these enslaved women and their lives even after freedom in America. Too often people pay lip service to a cause but never bothers to learn the truth about it.
Mrs. Hightower points out the blatant fact that African American women face a double set of discrimination to a degree that no one else in American faces. She faces racism and sexism.
I won’t go into deeper details but it is a very interesting book. But it is definitely a book that will make you think.