The Moment Is Now: Carl Bernhard Wadström

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The Moment Is Now: Carl Bernhard Wadström's Revolutionary Voice on Human Trafficking and the Abolition of the African Slave Trade.

The Anglo-Swedish Society hosted the gala opening of the 3-day International 2015 Carl Bernhard Wadstrom Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery was the Mansion House in London. Alexander Malmaeus acted as moderator, Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Alderman Sir Roger Gifford spoke about slavery and the the City of London and Swedish Ambassador H E Nicola Clase about modern-day human rights. Keynote Speakers Professor Neil Kent gave a compelling history of the slave trade and its supposed abolition, and Mark Florman a description of the passing of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Moment Is Now: Carl Bernhard Wadström's Revolutionary Voice on Human Trafficking and the Abolition of the African Slave Trade represents the efforts made by a wide variety of international scholars to give voice to the spirit of Swedish-British humanitarian cooperation that abolitionist and author Carl Bernhard Wadström (1746-99) started in London in the 1780s and '90s. Particularly focusing on Wadström's often-overlooked life, work, and impact, this book demonstrates how the historical accounts and arguments related to the slavery issue can inform our modern understanding of human trafficking, racism, and systemic violence.

The Moment Is Now includes the proceedings of The International Carl Bernhard Wadström Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery, which was held in London on June 2-4, 2015. Accessing source materials in different languages that were previously scattered throughout English, French, and Swedish archives, the scholars involved have been able to successfully investigate Wadström's work and influence in such diverse areas as economics, science, abolitionism, travel writing, African colonial history, Swedenborgianism, philanthropy, utopianism, and human rights.

As its title makes clear, this book not only offers a glimpse into a significant moment in history but also serves as a call to action and a primer to be used in the here and now--a guide from which we can learn how to deal with those horrific forms of human oppression that Wadström and others like him sought to bring to an end.

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