Opposing Viewpoints in World History - Slavery (hardcover edition)

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9780737717051: Opposing Viewpoints in World History - Slavery (hardcover edition)
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Slavery, one of the most divisive issues in American history, resulted in untold human suffering and a bloody civil war. This engaging anthology offers a variety of perspectives from slaves, slaveholders, abolitionists, and modern scholars.

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Gr. 7-12. This entry in the Opposing Viewpoints in World History series offers fascinating perspectives on American slavery through a selection of primary sources. The excerpts, culled from speeches, pamphlets, and scholarly texts, are divided into four sections that cover moral issues, slave resistance, abolitionists, and events that led to the Civil War. Understandable for such a slim title, there are perspectives missing here; for example, more documents representing the view that Northern opposition to slavery was often rooted in economics and politics rather than in moral concerns would have been welcome. The entries that are included, however, will greatly enhance students' understanding of the issues (and history's subjectivity) through the exciting immediacy of primary sources, and many selections will challenge commonly held beliefs about such things as the role of the Underground Railroad and Abraham Lincoln's view of emancipation. Back matter includes discussion questions, a chronology, and suggestions for further reading. An important, useful addition to the high-school history curriculum. See Series Roundup on p.1078 for additional titles. Gillian Engberg
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"The entries that are included, however, will greatly enhance students' understanding of the issues (and history's subjectivity) through the exciting immediacy of primary sources, and many selections will challenge commonly held beliefs about such things as the role of the Underground Railroad and Abraham Lincoln's view of emancipation... An important, useful addition to the high-school history curriculum."
-- Booklist (Febraury 2004) (Booklist 20040201)

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