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To Be a Slave
To Be a Slave
Author: 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 slaves are here, accompanied by Julius Lester's historical commentary and Tom Feelings's powerful and muted paintings, <...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780590424608
ISBN-10: 0590424602
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 160
Reading Level: Young Adult
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4 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed To Be a Slave on + 209 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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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Helpful Score: 1
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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jazzysmom avatar reviewed To Be a Slave on + 907 more book reviews
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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True stories about slavery from the words of the slaves themselves.
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Words directly from former slaves mouths. Very touching. Not for children under 6th grade.


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