Under The Freedom Tree (Hardcover)

Under The Freedom Tree (Hardcover)

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Type:
Hardcover
Ages:
4 and up
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
ISBN:
978-1580895507

Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the first contraband camp of the Civil War--seen by some historians as the "beginning of the end of slavery in America." One night in 1861, three escaped slaves made their way from the Confederate line to a Union-held fort. The runaways were declared "contraband of war" and granted protection. As word spread, thousands of runaway slaves poured into the fort, seeking their freedom. These "contrabands" made a home for themselves, building the first African American community in the country. In 1863, they bore witness to one of the first readings of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South--beneath the sheltering branches of the tree now known as Emancipation Oak.


* Junior Library Guild Selection               
 
* Reading Rainbow Digital Library Selection
* Children's Book Center/National Council for the Social Sciences Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
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