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Discusses cases where children are forced to work against their wills in difficult and dangerous conditions in various countries around the world.
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Grade 4-6-These titles treat slavery in their respective venues. Greece and Rome discusses the dependence of those societies on slavery as an institution through its decline. In tandem with an attractive, open layout, judicious use of maps, photographs, and reproductions serves to break up the dry text, which communicates the facts clearly, but without much verve. Child Slavery is a much more readable volume, due in part to its reliance on personal narratives. Five chapters give an overview of contemporary child slavery, the idea of children as property, domestic slavery, work in factories and sweat shops, and agricultural servitude. The scope and range of the practice are truly shocking, as is the extent of the exploitation in the United States, where many children work as migrant laborers or in sweatshops. As attractively laid out as its companion volume, Child Slavery includes numerous black-and-white and color photographs of exploited young people, guaranteed to raise readers' level of consciousness. While neither volume is as forceful in impact as James Haskins's Bound for America (Lothrop, 1999), both provide sound information on an unfortunately timeless topic.
Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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Reviewed with Shirlee P. Newman's The African Slave Trade.
Gr. 4-7. Two titles in the Watts Library: History of Slavery series confront the horrifying facts of slavery, past and present. African Slave Trade discusses the devastation of the European slave trade and also the centuries of slave trading by African conquerors and Arab merchants. It ends with the struggle for freedom and the permanent loss to Africa of millions of its people. The book on child slavery is a call to arms, and Newman tells readers whom to contact to change things. The full-color photos of child hard labor are heartbreaking, especially when the captions point out that they were taken here and now. For both subjects there are other more detailed personal and historical accounts, and Newman draws on several of them, including Julius Lester's From Slave Ship to Freedom Road (1998) and Jane Springer's Listen to Us: The World of Working Children (1997). It's also good to have this general outline to introduce middle-graders to the subject. A time line, a glossary, a bibliography, lists of organizations to contact, and Internet sites are included. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11053116540X
Book Description Franklin Watts. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 053116540X New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1822920