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ERIC Number: EJ826131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
A Closer Look: The Representation of Slavery in the "Dear America" Series
Williams, T. Lee
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v21 n3 p26-29 Jan-Feb 2009
The "Dear America" series is one of the most successful brands in children's literature. It inspired the publisher, Scholastic Books, to produce four related series that include more than 90 titles. Each book seeks to personalize important events in American history through the diary of a fictionalized main character. According to the publisher, this fictional diary format makes the historical material more interesting, relevant, and readable. These novels are a mainstay in school media centers and classroom collections of many social studies teachers. In light of the success of Scholastic's effort to serialize and fictionalize stories about historical events, the author examined the content of these texts more closely. The focus of the analysis centered on how the titles represented the issue of slavery. Because slavery is one of the most critical and controversial aspects of America's past, the author was particularly interested to see how slavery and slave-related themes might be portrayed. Implications for educators are discussed. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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