School Library JournalGr 4-6-Balanced introductory titles. Greene examines the rise and spread of slavery and the daily lives and work of slaves. Separate chapters discuss Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria, Egypt, and Hebrew societies. Slave Trade describes the history of slavery in Africa, the involvement first of European countries in the slave trade, and later, the Americas and South Africa. The living conditions and treatment of slaves are emphasized. The straightforward, factual text does not gloss over the brutality of this institution. Both books include many black-and-white and full-color reproductions, paintings, and photographs of sites and artifacts. Sidebars with pastel backgrounds and occasional illustrations present additional information. Both books include an author's note on sources that provides insight into the research process. James Haskins's Bound for America (Lothrop, 1999) covers much of the same material as Slave Trade in a more appealing format with stunning illustrations by Floyd Cooper.-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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