Abraham Lincoln: Letters from a Young Slave Girl

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Overview

The Dear Mr. President series brings history alive through fictitious correspondence between a president and a young person. Although the letters are all imagined, they are based upon meticulous historical research. Elegantly designed in two colors, the books include photographs, maps, primary source material, a presidential biography, U.S. postal history, an index, and timelines. In this latest addition to the series, the United States descends into Civil War, a 12-year-old slave on a South Carolina plantation begins corresponding with the newly inaugurated President Lincoln. Full emancipation, the president writes to her, cannot come easily in so deeply divided a nation. But her continuing appeals prod the conscience of this burdened man, and he drafts the Emancipation Proclamation that sets Lettie on the road to freedom.
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A slave girl who was taught to write by her master maintains a correspondence with Abraham Lincoln about little things. Her kind master helps cover up the fact that she is doing this. My twelve-year-old says, "this book helps kids gain a better understanding of the Civil War. I loved it." Part of the "Dear Mr. President" series. 2001, Winslow Press, $8.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
From 1861 to 1863, Lettie Tucker, a fictitious slave girl in South Carolina, and President Abraham Lincoln correspond. Understanding that death was the usual punishment reserved for slaves who were caught reading and writing makes this correspondence unlikely. However, through the letters shared between Lettie and Mr. Lincoln, children learn about the conditions faced by the multitude of slaves during the Civil War and Mr. Lincoln's thoughts and feelings about slavery. As improbable as the correspondence would have been, Andrea Pinkney weaves a believable story about Lettie and her family. The strongest points of this new addition to the "Dear Mr. President" series areā€”the extensive historical background that is provided about the president who is featured in the book; the lists of further readings for adults, children and both; the timeline of the president's life; links from the Winslow Press web site to historical web sites; a table of contents; and a detailed index.
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Gr 5-7-This series title presents fictionalized letters between a 12-year-old slave girl living on a South Carolina plantation and President Lincoln, from 1861 to 1863. Lettie Tucker has been secretly taught to read and write by the plantation owner's daughter, who encouraged her to begin the correspondence. She describes her life and her family's circumstances and challenges the president on his position toward slavery, urging him to free the slaves. Lincoln describes his life with the First Lady and two of their sons in the White House, the progress of the war, and his evolving position regarding slavery, culminating in the Emancipation Proclamation. The book includes photos, paintings, engravings, prints, reproductions, and a description of the U.S. postal service. This title raises interesting issues about slavery that are relevant to present-day discussions on race relations. It will be useful for supplementary reading for school curricula.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890817602
  • Publisher: Winslow Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: Dear Mr. President Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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