To Be a Slave

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Puffin Books, Dec 1, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages
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The actual words of slaves and former slaves are interwoven with Julius Lester's historical commentary and Tom Feelings's dramatic paintings, bringing to life what it meant to be someone else's property -- to be a slave, no better than a table or chair. The standard text in schools and universities.

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User Review  - Cara Hinton - Goodreads

Very hard to read the actual words of slaves and slave owners from the 1800's but something every child should read in school. Wish it had been on my reading lists. Thought provoking and heart wrenching. Read full review

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User Review  - Laurel - Goodreads

The author Julius Lester went through 6000 pages of manuscripts stored at the Archives of Folksong in the Library of Congress to find primary sources of slave narratives. The book was eye-opening and ... Read full review

Contents

Thirty Years 0 To Be a Slave
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To Be a Slave 28
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The Auction Block 39
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Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Writer, professor, and photographer Julius Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a B.A. in English from Fisk University in 1960. Lester's photographs from the civil rights movement era have been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution and are part of Howard University's permanent collection. In addition to having hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City, Lester has also recorded two albums. Lester has published 25 children's books, as well as numerous works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for adults. Translated into eight languages, his books have won the Newbery Honor Medal, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Many of his titles have also been on the New York Times Outstanding Book list and the American Library Association's Notable Book list. Lester has written hundreds of reviews and essays for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in 1971. He is an award-winning professor in the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department and an adjunct professor of History. He has given lectures at over 100 colleges and universities. Lester has five children and lives with his wife and cat in a small Western Massachusetts town.

Feelings focused on the Black American experience and African culture throughout his long and distinguished career as a fine artist and illustrator. He was the first African American artist to win a Caldecott Honor.