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Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2013
A well intentioned book by one of my favorite authors, but one that I believe should be recalled by the publisher for editing. Specifically it states that " each slave got a mule and forty acres when he was freed." This simply isn't true, and could in fact lead a child or parent to believe that slaves were fairly compensated upon emancipation and the conclusion that they had no claims upon slaveowners or the goverment for further reparations. One can imagine the descendants of poor non-slaves saying "we didn't get anything, look what they got-- so why are they still complaining?"
Please note that this book is non-fiction. As such the writer, the editor and the publisher have an obligation to fact check. And the truth is that while a small number of slaves were compensated with land through, for example, Sherman's Special Field Orders # 15, most were not.