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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Donna McDine Reviews Must-Have Scholastic Book

Title: If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America
Written by:Anne Kamma
Illustrated by:Pamela Johnson
Soft cover:64 pages
Ages: 9-12
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 13: 978-0-439-56706-0
Published: February 2004
Price: $6.99

Reviewed by Donna M. McDine

Imagine if you will being kidnapped at the age of eight and sold into slavery. Slavery? What is slavery you may ask? Slavery is when one person owns another and the slave must obey all orders from their owner.

Slavery existed well before the first slaves arrived in Jamestown, the fist British settlement in America in 1607. Captured in Africa, over 20 million Africans were forced to travel in terrible conditions on the sea voyage aboard crowded ships, where disease and beatings ran rampant. Many did not survive the trip and for those who did faced a horrible life as a slave.

If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America captures in fascinating detail the life of a slave and the deplorable circumstances they endured. Ms. Kamma presents the historical facts of slavery in easy to understand narrative and quotes from actual slaves. Blending the two into a journey back into time which the reader will NOT soon forget, thankfully so, because to have such a dreadful time to rear its ugly head again would be horrendous.

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McDine writes the Write What Inspires You Blog and the
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