Grades 4 - 7
Grade level Equivalent: 6.9
Lexile® Measure: 1130L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
- Autobiography and Biography
- Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
- Courage, Bravery, Heroism
- Equality, Fairness, Justice
About This Book
Many unsung heroes fought in the war against slavery from colonial times to the Emancipation Proclamation. The story of the abolitionists has been told, but the leaders of the slave revolts have often been forgotten by history.
Nat Turner, in 1831, led the longest slave revolt in history. In 1839, Cinque, a young African captive, led the revolt on the slave ship the Amistad and was defended before the Supreme Court by former President John Quincy Adams. Between 1672 and 1854, Maroons, slaves who revolted by running away, set up their own hidden communities in the South. They fearlessly waged guerilla warfare against other slave owners.
These stirring, inspirational voices finally need to be heard, not to glorify violence but to pay tribute to people who fought and often died for their inalienable rights — true freedom fighters.
With their signature style of meticulous research and exciting, heartfelt depictions of historical events, Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack bring new insight to the story of the fight for emancipation. These are truly unforgettable moments in American history.
"A fine contribution to a growing body of literature about the African-American experience." — School Library Journal