[In Slavery: From the Rise of Western Civilization to the Renaissance, the] economic and political basis of slavery is developed and forms an excellent introduction for those readers concerned with the more recent racial basis of the "peculiar" institution…. Mr. Meltzer has contributed a basic work in an area where almost no material exists on the junior-senior high school level, making this an essential item.
Janet G. Polacheck, in her review of "Slavery: From the Rise of Western Civilization to the Renaissance," in Library Journal (reprinted from Library Journal, July, 1971; published by R. R. Bowker Co. (a Xerox company); copyright © 1971 by Xerox Corporation), Vol. 96, No. 13, July, 1971, p. 2370.