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The African slave trade
Newman, Shirlee Petkin.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, 2000.
Physical Description:
63 pages : illustrations (some color) 24 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 1.0 46801.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 3 Quiz: 23567 Guided reading level: S.
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HT1322 .N38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HT1322 .N38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HT1322 .N38 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Who were the first slaves? What was slavery's impact on a country's economy? How could slavery coexist with ancient and modern democracies? The History of Slavery answers these questions and more as it vividly documents the impact of slavery throughout time and around the world--from ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece, to the Middle Passage and Civil War America, to the present day--providing an indelible lesson that reaches across world history, social studies, and contemporary issues to support a broad spectrum of intermediate-grade curricula.

Author Notes

Shirlee P. Newman was born in 1924. She was a children's book author. Her books included Marian Anderson: Lady from Philadelphia, Child Slavery in Modern Times, The African Slave Trade, The Pequots, The Incas, Liliokalani: Young Queen of Hawaii, and The Story of Lyndon B. Johnson. She died in November 2017 at the age of 93.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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

School Library Journal Review

Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.