Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction

Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction
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February 01, 2009
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In association with the Library of Congress.

From the perspective of those who lived through a time of pain, strife, and hope comes a powerful message for Black History Month and all year long.

Told through unforgettable first-person accounts from slave narratives, journals, diaries, and other sources—much of it never before published for young people—this book is an overview of the antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1800 to 1877. The perspectives of children and adults who lived through this time and witnessed its significant events are provided alongside photographs, engravings, news clippings, and other archival material held in the collections of the Library of Congress, and offer a poignant message for readers. A bibliography and an index round out the many offerings of this important addition to black history books for young readers.

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Reader reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, The Original H.I.R. (Historical Investigative Reporter)

The minute I opened Linda Barrett Osbornes latest book, Traveling the Freedom Road:  From Slavery & the Civil War Through Reconstruction, I was in heaven.

Not only is this book a breath-taking accomplishment in visual publishing, it is everything a historian could ask for in a history book.  Traveling the Freedom Road recreates historical documents from precious Library of Congress archives, and places them side-by-side with the spirited interviews of former slaves who lived to talk about their lives of bondage.  It also blends period photographs and illustrations with Barretts own insightful prose to describe the harsh realities of early African American life. 

This is a timely book that addresses a well-known subject from a unique angle, emphasizing materials written by, for and about young African Americans who yearned to walk that freedom road. 

Part reference book and part biography, Traveling the Freedom Road is a must have for teachers, historians and lovers of African American history everywhere.

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