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To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
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Aug 30, 2010

really liked it
Read in August, 2010

Julius Lester's "To be a Slave" was a great book that taught me a lot about slavery. What surprised me the most about this book was how emotional it could be, especially when the slaves were talking about how they were treated by their masters in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

When I first started reading this book, I was worried it was going to be a boring historical fiction book about slavery. After I read the introduction, I learned that it was written by a descendant of slavery who had done a lot of research about the lives of slaves. When Lester did was take the narratives of the former slaves and weave them together with his own written. The final product is a piece of literature that portrays the evils of slavery and explains them for the reader.

I gave this book four out of five stars because there was not a true story line. I appreciated its historical accuracies and point of view.
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