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Reviewed by Adanna Ora for Readers' Favorite
As a black boy living in Atlanta, Georgia, with a wonderful family and a promising basketball career, loved by his teachers and classmates alike, Royal thought that life couldn’t be more perfect. He based his view on material things and didn’t stop to appreciate that life hadn’t always been like that for his people. Anytime he was reminded of his privileges, especially considering what his ancestors had been through in earlier times, slaving away for their white masters, he brushed it aside. However, a day came when he experienced something that changed his life and his perspective forever. What could that be and what did he experience? Back to Slavery by Rod Ballard is a drama that reviews black history and pinpoints several lessons that can be learned from it.
Back to Slavery has two settings, relating to both historical and modern times. Each comes with a specific language and style, giving the reader a different experience and the ability to enjoy the author’s rich talent for writing. There is also abundant use of suspense to keep readers longing for more and keeping them on their toes the whole time. I love the sense of mystery that surrounds certain events in the story. Above all, the moral lessons are enormous. It helps humans, especially black Americans, to be aware of their history and know the price that their ancestors paid for them to be where they are at the moment. It also preaches the equality of races and the need for everyone to live in peace irrespective of their race or color. The book helps us to be grateful for what we have now and be empathetic toward the plight of others who are not as privileged as we are. I enjoyed reading this amazing work from Rod Ballard, and I hope that others appreciate it as much as I did.