School Library JournalGr 2-4-Cary was an unusual African-American woman for pre- and post-Civil War America. The daughter of a free black family with an abolitionist father, she worked all her life to improve the social and economic status of African Americans through the establishment of the first weekly newspaper owned by a black woman and her teaching and law careers. In seven succinct chapters, this brief biography effectively outlines her life, allowing for some interesting reading even though the writing at times seems stilted. A solid bibliography and a map of the U.S. and Canadian areas where Cary worked are included. Average-quality, black-and-white reproductions of oil paintings appear throughout. An important addition about a much-overlooked figure.-Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Demanding Justice: A Story about Mary Ann Shadd Cary based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DEMANDING JUSTICE is a story of Mary Ann Shadd Cary in which Ms. Ferris introduces the reader to a true fighter of equal rights. Mary Ann was born in 1823. Born as a free black person in Delaware, she was not exposed to the hardships that the blacks in the south were brought up in. But still, being black had its own problems, and Mary Ann fought for the rights for all. A true visionary, Mary Ann became a school teacher and found herself in Canada, with many free black people. But her school was seriously underfunded and she fought constantly for the supplies she needed to teach the black people of her area. Mary Ann soon found herself part of a free press paper, rivaling the famous Frederick Douglas. Mary Ann was able to reach many people and was asked to help find black volunteers for the union army as the Civil War began. Told in a fast-moving manner, Ms. Ferris tells Mary Ann's story, giving readers a glimpse into the life of a truly inspiring woman. To impress all even more, Mary Ann became the first black woman (in her forties, no less!) to enter law school and earn her degree, finally, at age sixty. If Mary Ann Shadd Cary can't inspire everyone, then no one can!