Book Reviews of To Be a Slave

To Be a Slave
To Be a Slave
Author: Julius Lester
ISBN-13: 9780590424608
ISBN-10: 0590424602
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 160
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Writings and interviews with slaves give a true feeling of how it felt to be property to be bought and sold.
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This book is about how it felt. The words of black men and women who had themselves been slaves are here, accompanied by Julius Lester's historical commentary and Tom Feelings's powerful and muted paintings, To Be a Slave has been a touchstone in children's literature for over thirty years.
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Words directly from former slaves mouths. Very touching. Not for children under 6th grade.
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True stories about slavery from the words of the slaves themselves.
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Although this book is listed for young adults it is written in fact for adults also. Very interesting first hand accounts of the lives of slaves prior to the civil war. Their stories are told with much emotion in their own words. I had a hard time getting thru many of the pages without tears. Their shared memories are as painful for the reader as they are for the one remembering. Each story that you read is different. Each person that you read about is real. Names were furnished when possible. Extremely moving book. I have never read anything quite like this one. This is not a book for young children.
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Very interesting, but sad. A collections of real accounts by slaves.
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Let me start off by saying, this is a great historical children's book, and it should be required reading in schools across America. Where I grew up, we didn't learn much about slavery, the civil rights movement, or any African American history for that matter. This is such an important part of our history.

I loved that the book has different chapters based on each time frame throughout slavery, including how they made it to the slave ship, their horrible journey to America, plantation life and then the emancipation. Each section has stories from different sources and slaves. It really explains how life was for them, and the things they had to experience. Excellent book overall!
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some class notes, highlighting & underlining