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The authors chronicle 20 journeys, the first in 1631, the last in 1988, that led their participants to escape some form of enslavement or oppression. Relying on documented fact and personal narratives whenever possible, the authors use clear but dramatic prose to describe such courageous and inspirational events as Deborah Sampson's masquerade as a soldier during the Revolutionary War, the flight of the Nez Perce, the revolt on the Amistad , César Chávez's pilgrimage to Sacramento to start the first farm workers' union, and the resettlement of the "lost boys" of the Sudan. Each event receives two pages and is accompanied by small but attractive and carefully detailed color illustrations that accurately depict both the action and the environment in which it occurred. The information is organized in such a way as to be useful for reports, but the volume will attract browsers as well. A first purchase for most collections.
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"The writing is clear and direct...Continuing the series that began with Journeys in Time and Places in Time, this will be handy resource for eading aloud and gor history reports." Kirkus Reviews
This lively history focuses on 20 individuals' quest for freedom across U.S. history...The stories are as varied as they are fascinating and often go beyond the personal...The authors personalize each quest, make excellent use of primary sources, and clearly indicate actual quotes and ones inferred from the record...As powerful as it is useful, and this book is very useful indeed.
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"This is a well written book that sheds light on some events that aren't always treated in traditional history texts." The Advocate
Relying on documented fact and personal narratives whenever possible, the author use clear but dramatic prose. . . . The information is organized in such a way as to be useful for reports, but the volume will attract browsers as well. A first purchase for most collections.
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