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One more valley, one more hill : the story of Aunt Clara Brown
Lowery, Linda, 1949-
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Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 2002.
Physical Description:
222 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps ; 22 cm.
Chronicles the life of the woman called Aunt Clara Brown, who was born into slavery and became a pioneer and entrepreneur, earning money to bring other former slaves to a new start in Colorado.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.2 7.0 65683.


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F785.N4 L695 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
F785.N4 L695 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Author Linda Lowery chronicles the extraordinary--but little-known--life of black pioneer Aunt Clara Brown. Aunt Clara bought herself out of slavery, crossed the country on foot to reach the frontier, became a wealthy entrepreneur, aided other freed slaves, and eventually tracked down her lost daughter, sold away from Clara 47 years before. An inspiring piece of American history.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Born a slave in Virginia, Clara Brown moved with her owners to Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas. Free at age 56, Brown moved westward, where she started a laundry, accumulated a fortune in real estate, and became the only female member of Denver's Pioneer Association. All the while, Brown searched continuously for her daughter Eliza Jane, and the two were finally reunited in 1882. Slavery left few primary sources, so Lowery has embroidered history. Speculation about Brown is based on historical research, but anecdotes and specific facts are not tied to the appended list of sources. This biography is also a portrait of the westward movement, with clear explanations of historical events and ideas. Ironically, Lowery's book for younger students, Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer (Carolrhoda, 1999), provides a slightly different time line. This engrossing biography is a worthy supplement for multicultural and western history collections. --Linda Perkins

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-This book goes beyond a mere listing of dates and occurrences to show readers how Brown touched people and, because of who she was, changed where she lived. She was born into slavery in 1802, married in 1820, and gave birth to Eliza Jane in 1826. Ten years later her daughter was sold to a new owner, and mother and daughter would not be reunited for nearly 50 years. In 1856, Brown bought her freedom and worked her way west. Settling in the mining town of Central City, CO, she established a successful laundry business. Within a few years, shrewd investments and hard work made her a wealthy woman. By 1865, the American Civil War was over and Brown traveled to Kentucky, trying to find Eliza Jane. Failing that, she took 26 ex-slaves back to Colorado with her, doubling the town's population of people of color. She continued to practice charity and philanthropy, winning her many friends in all areas of her life. This book is so much more than the biography of a rare and determined woman. Lowery has not only told Aunt Clara Brown's compelling story; in this book, she has also told part of the American story. A few black-and-white reproductions appear throughout.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.