Amos Fortune, Free Man

Amos Fortune, Free Man

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by Elizabeth Yates
     
 

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Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At 60, he began to see those dreams come true. A Newbery Honor Book.See more details below

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Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At 60, he began to see those dreams come true. A Newbery Honor Book.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
In this classic tale of an African prince, stolen from his home, made a slave, and taken to America, it is the character of Amos that drives the story forward. At-mun was the son of the chief and would have been a good leader to his tribe if he had not been taken away to Boston. In Boston, a Quaker named Copeland takes the young man and calls him Amos, and his family teaches Amos to read and write. He acquired the last name of "Fortune" because he was so fortunate not to have been broken the way so many other slaves were, and in comparison to them, he was well-treated. Though Copeland died before freeing Amos, Amos does eventually become a free man. With his freedom, Amos is able to then help others to become free. This is a touching story about one man's commitment to freedom and how he achieved it. Reviewer: Kathleen Foucart
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"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

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ISBN-13:
9780606041553
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1989
Series:
Puffin Newbery Library
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

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