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Most Americans Are Shocked To Discover That Slavery Still Exists In The United States Yet Years After The Emancipation Proclamation, The CIA Estimates That , To, Foreigners Are Trafficked Annually Into The United States, Threatened With Violence, And Forced To Work Against Their Will Modern People Unanimously Agree That Slavery Is Abhorrent How, Then, Can It Be Making A Reappearance On American Soil Award Winning Journalist John Bowe Examines How Outsourcing, Subcontracting, Immigration Fraud, And The Relentless Pursuit Of Everyday Low Prices Have Created An Opportunity For Modern Slavery To Regain A Toehold In The American Economy Bowe Uses Thorough And Often Dangerous Research, Exclusive Interviews, Eyewitness Accounts, And Rigorous Economic Analysis To Examine Three Illegal Workplaces Where Employees Are Literally Or Virtually Enslaved From Rural Florida To Tulsa, Oklahoma, To The US Commonwealth Of Saipan In The Western Pacific, He Documents Coercive And Forced Labor Situations That Benefit Us All, As Consumers And Stockholders, Fattening The Profits Of Dozens Of American Food And Clothing Chains, Including Wal Mart, Kroger, McDonald S, Burger King, PepsiCo, Del Monte, Gap, Target, JCPenney, J Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, And OthersIn This Eye Opening Book, Set Against The Everyday American Landscape Of Shopping Malls, Outlet Stores, And Happy Meals, Bowe Reveals How Humankind S Darker Urges Remain Alive And Well, Lingering In The Background Of Every Transaction And What We Can Do To Overcome Them Praise For Nobodies Investigative, Immersion Reporting At Its Best Bowe Is A Master Storyteller Whose Work Is Finely Tuned And Fearless USA TodayA Brilliant And Readable Tour Of The Modern Heart Of Darkness, Nobodies Takes A Long, Hard Look At What Our Democracy Is Becoming Thomas Frank, Author Of What S The Matter With KansasBowe Dramatizes In Gripping Detail These Stolen Lives O The Oprah Magazine The Vividness Of Bowe S Local Stories Might Make You Think Twice Before Reaching For That Cheap Fruit Or Pair Of Discount Socks Cond Nast PortfolioNAMED ONE OF THE TWENTY BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE VILLAGE VOICE A fascinating discussion of slave like conditions, focusing on two main casesthe cases brought to light by the Coalition of Immokolee Workers in the South Florida farm labor, and a case of Indian welders in Tulsa In the course of the discussion he has insightful comments about how power is really a basic motivation than profit, about the way that servitude has been around very long in human history, the various legal protections people in First World countries take for granted are of recent origin I would say that there s always an element of slavery in any system of class subordination, but I d question wheether this has always existed, as Bowe assumesit s not clear how true this would have been of hunter gatherer tribes 40,000 years ago But tribes did keep captives as slaves, and in the ancient world this was a part of the slave class systems He also can t seem to imagine a society where people wouldn t subordinate others at all That is my main criticism A classless society is an idea foreign to his thinking, or he assumes it isn t possible He also discusses servitude in Saipanan American colony, but I haven t read that part yet. I saw the author, John Bowe, on The Daily Show this past fall He had suprisingly little charisma for someone who wrote a book on such an interesting subject The book is divided into thirds, each one focusing on a case of modern slavery in the United States The first takes place in Florida in the tomato and orange grove, the second in Tulsa at a steel mill Both of these chapters clearly show the effects of our desire for low cost food and products The third chapter the author travels to Saipan, a U.S commonwealth that is a major player in the garment industry and sex trade His take on what goes on there is much gray He does the math and finds there is a clear reason people travel from China to work or run factories there, its profitable His final conclusion is the most intriguing part of the book He points out that the marginalized workers far outnumber us, and these people are not educated, but they re certainly not stupid, and I very much doubt they can be lied to or angered indefinitely In other words who will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes This book was required reading for my job My understanding of consumer culture and the contemporary slave trade deepened, but I m short on solutions after reading it Mainly, it took the joy our of Target for me while not really replacing it with other viable options It s hard to know what lifestyle changes will actually make a difference to the corporations to the point that they would be motivated to change their practices and this book didn t really help me with that question That said, an important thing to read if you re interested in social justice. The problem I had with this book is that Bowe undercuts his own analysis by too often expressing ambivalence about the labor abuses described in his case studies Is it really slavery, he asks over and over Maybe the laborers are just disgruntled The introduction is a strong, thoughtful argument about how and why the immense, ugly, growing gap between rich poor might lead us toward a new era of open, widespread slavery The basic premise is that democratic principles and belief in basic human rights is the firewall protecting the global working class from outright slavery However, once Bowe gets into his chapters he is often unfocused and undisciplined and falls into a sort of talking to himself about how maybe things aren t so bad after all The only chapter in which he clearly resolves his doubts about whether the situation constitutes slavery is the farmworker chapter But this appears to be due to the influence of the group that mentored him, the Coalition of Imokalee Workers I wish he had been similarly mentored by activists in each of his other locales because in those chapters he sometimes loses the thread completely.