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Slavery

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Slavery has plagued the history of humankind for thousands of years, from the conquered peoples of Ancient times to the millions of Africans stolen from their homelands and forced into work that helped build America and the modern world. But what was it like to be a slave, endure such terrible hardships, and fight for freedom? Here historical information combines with moving personal stories to give your child the story behind slavery. Maps, charts, timelines, and artifacts provide eye-opening context, and the testimony of slaves featured in the book will take your child behind the statistics. Help them discover the real story behind an evil trade that still exists even today.

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Grade 7 Up—Slavery, in all of its inhumanity, is a practice that has been prevalent in nearly every corner of the world in some fashion. Long ago, the slave trade was banned, yet incredibly, even in today's informed, global society, it still manages to exist. A topic this complex and all encompassing would seem to be too difficult to explain in one volume, but DK, with its signature style of stunning visuals and accompanying brief but detailed text, makes an excellent effort. Grant addresses the history of slavery from its beginnings in ancient Greece and Rome to its spread throughout Europe and the Americas in intricate and fascinating detail. Each chapter covers a different aspect of the topic, beginning with a comprehensive and informative time line. A section called "Voices" in each chapter contains enlightening and powerful first-person accounts of those directly involved, including slaves, captains of slave ships, abolitionists, and the leaders of slave rebellions. Simple, yet informative tables and statistics offer fascinating bits of information, such as the fact that the last president to own slaves was Ulysses S. Grant. The concluding chapter highlights a United Nations study estimating that 20 million people around the world, many of them children, remain enslaved today. Overall, a great asset to any library.—Margaret Auguste, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ
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"As thorough as it is socially pertinent." --Publishers Weekly (June 22, 2009)

"...with a plethora of pictures, this book gives younger readers a good lead-in to the [topic]." --Booklist, July 1, 2009

"'Slavery' is an important book and will get kids thinking about this aspect of our history, as well as that which is still going on around the world." --Cape Cod Times, August 9, 2009

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