The fateful growth of slavery in America, beginning with the Dutch in New Amsterdam, is traced in this highly readable book on the Negro in America. Even before this, the Negro had begun to penetrate the South. From loose beginnings, when Negroes mingled with whites and held property, the situation became worse, and the Negro as a race became enslaved. This is a fair and wholesome study of the question. There is little or no moral attitudinizing; the facts speak for themselves. The heroic part played by the Negro during the recent war, his contribution of 14 million citizens to a democracy in which he can live but not play his full part -- this is discussed dispassionately. The value of the book lies in its adherence to testimony that is authentic history, and the logic of the argument -- that the idea of ""Negro"" is a frame of mind. His material is dramatically chosen, full of interest, and provides a scratching of history's surface for fresh and fascinating light on the race question, with gratifying results.