To Be a Slave

To Be a Slave

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by Julius Lester, Tom Feelings
     
 

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A Newbery Honor Book

What was it like to be a slave?  Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their forced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will never look at life the same way again.


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A Newbery Honor Book

What was it like to be a slave?  Listen to the words and learn about the lives of countless slaves and ex-slaves, telling about their forced journey from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom.  You will never look at life the same way again.


"The dehumanizing aspects of slavery are made abundantly clear, but a testament to the human spirit of those who endured or survived this experience is exalted."—Children's Literature

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Children's Literature
A number of books have been written for young people about slavery in the United States, but none could be more powerful and compelling than Lester's award-winning book. Reissued on the thirtieth anniversary of the original publication, this Newbery Honor Book personalizes the hardships and struggles of African-American slaves. What was it like to be a slave? Lester uses the words of slaves and ex-slaves to tell this story. From slave narratives of the 1800s and interviews of ex-slaves conducted by the Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s, the victims describe living conditions under a bondage that negated one's humanity. What emerges is not the stereotypical image of the passive or happy-go-lucky slave. Passion and emotion emanate from these passages, as those affected describe slave trade, the auction block, resistance to slavery, plantation life and emancipation. It is easy to see why this book continues to have appeal after 30 years. The author's goal in allowing readers to experience slaves as human beings has made this book to excel. The dehumanizing aspects of slavery are made abundantly clear, but a testament to the human spirit of those who endured or survived this experience is exalted. 1998 (orig. 1968), Puffin Books/Penguin, $20.00 and $5.99. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Jeanette Lambert

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141310015
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
733,456
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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