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Title:
Slaves who dared : the stories of ten African-American heroes
Author:
Garrison, Mary, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Shippensburg, Pa. : White Mane Kids, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
viii, 142 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Describes the lives and times of outstanding African Americans who were born as slaves and went on to accomplish great things: Josiah Henson, Frederick Douglass, William and Ellen Craft, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Henry Bibb, Booker T. Washington, Susie King Taylor, Nat Love, Robert Smalls, and Sojourner Truth.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781572492721
Format :
Book

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Describes the lives and times of outstanding African Americans who were born as slaves and went on to accomplish great things: Josiah Henson, Frederick Douglas, William and Ellen Craft, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Henry Bibb, Booker T. Washington, Susie King Taylor, Nat Love, Robert Smalls, and Sojourner Truth.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Drawing directly on the narratives of 10 men and women who escaped slavery, this stirring collective biography brings their history very close. The famous are here, including Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth; but there are several who will be less familiar to readers. The accounts work together to fill in this historical period. Unfortunately, each bio begins with an overblown, semi-fictionalized moment ("Henry woke with a pounding fear in his heart" ). The stark truth needs no such rhetoric. In fact, the authentic sources are an integral part of the story, and Garrison does a great job of weaving into each narrative many actual quotes, illustrations (such as historical prints and facsimiles), and the drama of how and where the stories were recorded. She also provides detailed information about Web sites where readers can find the original narratives. The brutality is here, including graphic images of whippings and of families torn apart at slave auctions; so is the courage of those who fought back. Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

The narratives of Frederick Douglass, Nat Love, Sojourner Truth and others form the basis of Slaves Who Dared: The Stories of Ten African-American Heroes by Mary Garrison, a collection of single-chapter biographies of former captives. Informative photographs and historical illustrations and reproductions round out the volume. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9 In graphic language, this book tells the stories of 10 free African Americans who were born into slavery. The accounts of their lives are harrowing and little is left to the imagination, particularly with respect to how they were mistreated by their masters. Since nearly all of the persons depicted wrote down or told their stories to someone, the tellings are, wherever possible, based on those narratives. The tone of each one makes it quite clear that these men and women were heroes, not only for their survival but also for the lives they made for themselves after gaining freedom. Historical photographs and engravings illustrate the text, with the captions making it clear which of the images are representative and which ones are specific. Insert boxes explain more fully concepts that are referred to in the text. The index is comprehensive. There are a number of books devoted to former slaves who made their way to freedom and successful lives, such as Dennis Brindell Fradin's Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves (Clarion, 2000) and Virginia Hamilton's Many Thousand Gone (Random, 1995). Some of the subjects here are handled as well elsewhere, and for many of them, for example Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Sojourner Truth, and Nat Love, full biographies are available. About other subjects in this collection, however, very little is known and there are few sources for students that are as comprehensive. -Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.