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To Be a Slave

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Julius Lester

To be a slave. To be owned by another person, as a car, house, or a table is owned. To live as a piece of property that could be sold...      This book is about how it felt. The words of black men and women who had themselves been … see full wiki

Author: Julius Lester
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Puffin
2 reviews about To Be a Slave
review by . October 27, 2010
 Slavery will forever be a blight on the United States, born as a nation of free men based on radical political ideals; those ideals were not initially applied to all men. The phrase, “that all men are created equal” was not applied to black slaves. While some would rather this dark chapter be ignored or rationalized, sunlight is still the best disinfectant, so openly explaining the consequences of slavery is without question the best policy.    This book is an excellent …
review by . January 28, 2010
As noted in the description of this work, "To be A Slave" was a 1969 Newbery Honor Book, An ALA Notable Book, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Smithsonian Magazine Best Book of the Year. Seldom have I read a book that was actually deserving of these awards more than this work, and in my opinion, so many, many more!    I must note right up front that even though this work was and is targeted for the 9 to 12 age group, it is applicable and fitting for just about …
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