Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Slavery and the Making of America by James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton

I had the opportunity to read Slavery and the Making of America. This is an explicit account of the slave trade from the late 1400s to the 1960s, and it brings the horrors of that era to life. This book’s topic is a part of American history that all people, young and old, of all races should take the time to read. Slavery and the Making of America should be integrated into Global History for all ages in different stages. From Nat Turner's rebellion to the Civil War, this book made me reflect on what African Americans endured over a 400 plus year time span. I recommend this book. Such a great read. --Andre Saintilien Jr.

PBS has produced a television series which this book is a companion to.  Click here for a timeline of key events in the history of slavery.  Click here for additional print and electronic resources on slavery, including the WPA texts that chronicle the experiences of people who survived slavery and shared their remembrances.  Click here for related lesson plans.

Andre Saintilien Jr. works with youth placed in group home detention as a youth counselor.  He loves to read and is particularly fond of  non-fiction books  that are both instructive and focused on a single topic. He enjoys writing music in his free time.

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