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Choose apiece of literature you have read and describe how it has affected you.

For many people, the image that comes to mind when they hear, the word slavery is the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We think of the buying and selling of people, their shipment from one continent to another and the abolition of the trade in the early 1800s. Even if we know nothing about the slave trade, it is something we think of as part of our history rather than our present. But the reality is, slavery continues today. After reading Francis Bok "Escape From Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity – and My Journey to Freedom in America," I realized slavery is not ancient history. Slavery still exists in Sudan. In Sudan, Africa's biggest country, chattel slavery is making a comeback, the result of a 18-year-old war waged by the Muslim north against the black Christian and south. Arab militias, armed by the government, have been raiding African villages, shooting the men and enslaving the women and children. These people are kept as personal property or taken north and sold. This was the case of Francis Bok. In his autobiography Francis Bok told the story of his life and how they captured him in a raid at the age of seven. An Arab family enslaved him for ten years and Bok escaped in 1996, only to be enslaved by local police officers for two months. An Arab truck driver helped him flee to Khartoum, where security forces arrested and jailed him for seven months. He fled to Cairo when he was released, and in 1999 the United Nations helped him move to North Dakota. Bok has since addressed many members of Congress about the enslaved Sudanese people. He was the first escaped slave to testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2000. Now He works for an anti-slavery group. He said, “ I will not rest until I see my people free.”

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  1. The writing is wordy, but within acceptable limits. If rewritten, try to work on this.
    I am wondering how the book affected you...all you admitted to is that you now realize slavery is not ancient history. Surely it had a greater effect than that. Bok tells a powerful, compelling story...the issue (to me)does anyone care? Do you care? Did the story make you care?
    In short, the purpose of the essay..to write how the story affected you, was not given a lot of attention.
    You could have said a lot more on changes in you because of this book. Let loose with your feelings.

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