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To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
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Aug 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: african-american-issues, auto-bio-memoir, racism, slavery, nonfiction-reading-to-learn
Read in August, 2011

Very good compilation of memories of actual slaves, StoryCorp style organized with Lester's own skilled narration. Much of it was not new to me, but would be to an audience of 7th-12th grade students. It's like Roots for people who can't handle Roots (me). It didn't make me sick or cry like Paulsen's Night John or Roots, but I did learn about the actual origins of American slavery a bit better. The first few chapters and the last chapter had the newest information (for me). There was a bit of baby murder to traumatize and upset, but no rape/breeding in this collection (why, I don't know). In all, I think it's appropriate for middle school.
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