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Title:
Lewis Hayden and the war against slavery
Author:
Strangis, Joel.
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Publication Information:
North Haven, Conn. : Linnet Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiv, 167 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Summary:
A biography of a former slave who was active in the anti-slavery movement, as a fugitive in Canada, a "stationmaster" on the Underground Railroad, a supporter of John Brown, and a recruiter for "black regiments."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1150 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.9 6.0 61225.

Reading Counts RC High School 10 10 Quiz: 19815 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780208024305

9780208024350
Format :
Book

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A biography of a former slave who was active in the anti-slavery movement, as a fugitive in Canada, a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, a supporter of John Brown, and a recruiter for black regiments..


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#Includes index.#A biography of a former slave who was active in the anti-slavery movement, as a fugitive in Canada, a "stationmaster" on the Underground Railroad, a supporter of John Brown, and a recruiter for "black regiments."


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Former slave Lewis Hayden's experiences and his contributions to the abolitionist movement add further dimension and perspective to Civil War^-era American history. Well researched, dramatic, and inspiring, Hayden's story is particularly valuable for portraying the many ways and means employed by activists, both black and white, to abolish slavery as an American institution. Following his escape from slavery, Hayden became an active abolitionist--as a traveling public speaker, a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, and later, a politician instrumental in establishing the first black regiments of the Civil War and effecting government recognition of black freedom-fighters in the American Revolution. The academic text includes sidebar biographies of Hayden's abolitionist peers, such as William Lloyd Garrison, and provides important historical context. When details of Hayden's life are sketchy, Strangis fills in the gaps with sporadic imagined scenarios and conversations, which are the book's weakness. Although they liven up the scholarly prose, they disrupt the flow and tone, and may confuse fact and fiction for readers. Chapter notes; chronology; bibliography. --Shelle Rosenfeld


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-An insightful and engaging biography. When one thinks of the Abolitionist Movement of the 1800s, names like Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Wendell Phillips more than likely come to mind. Hayden may not be as familiar, but he played a pivotal role in history. Born a slave in Kentucky in 1811, he escaped to the North with his wife and son in 1844. Eventually settling in Massachusetts, he immediately became involved with different facets of the antislavery movement. During the Civil War, he was instrumental in organizing and recruiting African-American soldiers for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Strangis acknowledges the difficulties involved in conveying this man's life, as there were few written records about him. The book is well researched and has a detailed bibliographical essay. All in all, this is a worthy purchase, particularly for the information on blacks in the antislavery movement.-Jeanette Lambert, Nashville Metropolitan Schools, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Former slave Lewis Hayden's experiences and his contributions to the abolitionist movement add further dimension and perspective to Civil War^-era American history. Well researched, dramatic, and inspiring, Hayden's story is particularly valuable for portraying the many ways and means employed by activists, both black and white, to abolish slavery as an American institution. Following his escape from slavery, Hayden became an active abolitionist--as a traveling public speaker, a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, and later, a politician instrumental in establishing the first black regiments of the Civil War and effecting government recognition of black freedom-fighters in the American Revolution. The academic text includes sidebar biographies of Hayden's abolitionist peers, such as William Lloyd Garrison, and provides important historical context. When details of Hayden's life are sketchy, Strangis fills in the gaps with sporadic imagined scenarios and conversations, which are the book's weakness. Although they liven up the scholarly prose, they disrupt the flow and tone, and may confuse fact and fiction for readers. Chapter notes; chronology; bibliography. --Shelle Rosenfeld


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-An insightful and engaging biography. When one thinks of the Abolitionist Movement of the 1800s, names like Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Wendell Phillips more than likely come to mind. Hayden may not be as familiar, but he played a pivotal role in history. Born a slave in Kentucky in 1811, he escaped to the North with his wife and son in 1844. Eventually settling in Massachusetts, he immediately became involved with different facets of the antislavery movement. During the Civil War, he was instrumental in organizing and recruiting African-American soldiers for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Strangis acknowledges the difficulties involved in conveying this man's life, as there were few written records about him. The book is well researched and has a detailed bibliographical essay. All in all, this is a worthy purchase, particularly for the information on blacks in the antislavery movement.-Jeanette Lambert, Nashville Metropolitan Schools, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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