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The abolition of American slavery
Tackach, James.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Discusses the introduction of slaves into American society, the beginnings of the abolitionist movement, the national conflict over slavery and the resulting Civil War, emancipation of the slaves, and slavery's legacy.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 11.1 6.0 63835.
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E449 .T13 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Gr 5-9-Beginning with a description of the arrival of the first African slaves in Jamestown and the horrors of the slave trade that flourished throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, Tackach then notes some of the early voices raised in opposition to this most "peculiar institution." Students familiar with the topic will recognize many of the names mentioned, although Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth are notable omissions. The author traces the work of the abolitionists up to the passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, then concludes with a brief chapter on the "Legacy of Slavery," which touches on segregation, Jim Crow, the KKK, and the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century. There is a good deal of information packed into the brief text and both report writers and general readers will be well served. The book is illustrated with archival photographs and reproductions of prints and broadsides. Sidebars feature relevant quotations from primary and secondary sources. There are individual biographies available on many of the people covered in this volume, and there is no shortage of titles dealing with the larger topic. Linda J. Altman's Slavery and Abolition in American History (Enslow, 1999), Stephen R. Lilley's Fighters Against American Slavery (Lucent, 1998), and James T. Rogers's The Antislavery Movement (Facts On File, 1994) are among them. Tackach's volume is a useful addition to those works.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Franklin Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.