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Slavery in America
     

Slavery in America

by Jean F. Blashfield
 

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When were the first slaves brought to North America?

Dutch traders brought African slaves to Jamestown in 1619.

Inside, You'll Find:

How slaves were treated by their owners ;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and how slavery was finally ended in the United States;

Surprising True facts that will shock and amaze you!

Overview

When were the first slaves brought to North America?

Dutch traders brought African slaves to Jamestown in 1619.

Inside, You'll Find:

How slaves were treated by their owners ;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and how slavery was finally ended in the United States;

Surprising True facts that will shock and amaze you!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3�5—These volumes provide a simplified overview of the circumstances and people surrounding the Civil War. The print is large and the books have plenty of white space and at least one illustration or photo on every page. Slavery has the best writing; teachers may appreciate Confederate States of America since few books at this level solely address this topic. There is overlap in both text and pictures (the same map showing the Confederate and Union States appears in the three Benoit books), and there is some concern with layout. Some illustrations have an additional caption in larger print with an arrow pointing to the picture, but it is often ill placed and unnecessary (the arrow on the cover of Civil War is pointing to a fence but the caption discusses guns). Civil War has several errors, including a mistake in the numbering of the chapters on the contents page. In addition, the book states, "The idea of nullification was developed by…" but nowhere does it define nullification—readers have to go to Confederate States to find it. These volumes may be helpful in a classroom setting with struggling students or report writers, but there is little in them to involve readers.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
This book was reviewed with three additional books in the "A True Book" series (see also The Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, The Confederate States of America). All the books reviewed from this series utilized the identical format, with a "factoid" highlighted on the cover and then a page highlighting two "True or False" questions whose answers can be found in the text. A Table of Contents guides readers to five to seven short chapters with one chapter in each volume entitled "The Big Truth," although it is not clear why that chapter stands out from the others. Text is followed by "True Statistics," "Resources" (websites, places and books), "Important Words" (glossary), a solid Index, and a brief author biography. All books are amply illustrated with photographs (both black and white and color), occasional maps, and reproductions of drawings and artwork. Several of these are duplicated across the four books reviewed. A very minimal "Timeline..." illustrates four or five events in each volume. Here we are given the dates that slaves were first brought to Jamestown, the year when slave imports were halted, the date of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the dates when the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were enacted. Although other significant events may be described in the text, a more comprehensive chronology would have been valuable. There are no sources cited for facts/ assertions, which is of concern mainly because they sometimes vary from book to book and/or are unclear. In this book, the term "Americas" is often used in describing the history of slavery, which is confusing when relevant facts (dates, numbers of slaves) are juxtaposed with those describing the "Colonies" or the "United States." For example, on page twelve it states, "12 million Africans were brought to the Americas and enslaved;" whereas, on the cover we read "645,000 enslaved Africans were brought to what is now the United States." The chapters in this book describe the history of the slave trade—focused on the Americas, the conditions of slavery in the United States, significant events in the eventual abolition of slavery, and the subsequent efforts to expand African Americans' rights through legislation. Overall these books are adequate for a classroom or school library needing materials on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531266243
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Scholastic True Book Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
342,247
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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