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Debates on 20th-Century Immigration

. 9781682823699. Nardo, Don. Debates on the Slave Trade. ISBN 9781682823736.ea vol: 80p. (Debating History). chron. further reading. glossary. index. maps. notes. photos. websites. ReferencePoint. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $29.95.
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Gr 9 Up—Each volume opens with a short chapter outlining the history of the subject under consideration followed by "Debate at a Glance" sections that outline the arguments and suggesting reading questions. Within succeeding chapters, pro and con arguments are presented as though given by a debater; however, a few deploy fallacious reasoning, with some being outright harmful. For example, a section in Slave Trade presents arguments made by white Europeans to justify slavery but never examines white supremacy or racism in depth. While the design is text-heavy, illustrations such as stock and news photos, reproductions of paintings, and colorful maps are used effectively throughout. Extensive source notes are included.
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