About the Book : The study highlights the sooty institution of slavery that remained a crying wound in the body politics of Kerala from the early dark days to the present. It also surveys the extent to which social and economic justice has permeated the lowest strata of the people in Kerala. The changes brought about by the emancipatory movement are dealt with in detail. Utilising rare and unpublished records preserved in the Kerala State Architecture, Tamil Nadu Archives, Kerala Legislature Library etc. an assessment has been made of the social setup of Kerala. Slavery in Kerala is a study of a phase of Kerala's socio-economic history. Vividly portrayed in the story of the existence of slavery and the humanitarian efforts of the Christian Missionaries and the British administrators to abolish it. The problem of slavery from a social point of view is analysed against the historical background in which slavery originated and survived till the beginning of the 19th century. About the Author : Adoor K.K. Ramachandran Nair, (born 1930) is State Editor, Kerala Gazetteer Department, Government of Kerala. He took his Master's degree from the Saugar University, B.L. degree from the Kerala University and Diploma in Journalism from the Rajendra Prasad College of Media and Mass Communications, Bombay. He was intimately associated with the preparation of ten District Gazetters of Trivandrum, Trichur, Kozhikode, Quilon, Ernakulam, Cannanore, Kottayam, Alleppey, Palgat and Malappuram and Supplements to the District Gazetteers of Trivandrum, Trichur, Kozhikode, Quilon and Ernakulam in various positions as researcher, Assistant Editor and State Editor. He has re-edited the monumental work of Shangoonny Menon's History of Travancore released in December 1983 by Smt. Indira Gandhi. He has prepared the State Gazatteer of Kerala Vols. I and II which are under print. Besides, he is the author of Kerala Charithra Sakalangal, Kerala Charithrathilae Chila Vismrithadhyangal, Adimatham Keralathil, Kerala Charithra Vibhavangal etc, in Malayalam. He is a popular writer of historical and other articles under the pen name Adoor Ramachandran Nair, in the prestigious journals of Kerala and out side. He is credited for the discovery of many archaeological monuments and epigraphical records. He actively participated in several All India Conferences, Seminars etc. and is associated with many cultural organisations of Kerala.