The Long Journey Home: Stories from Black History

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Meet Rambler, a runaway slave roaming the countryside with a guitar, who knows the only way to stay free is to keep moving. Louis is another runaway, fleeing the plantation where he was raised, because he is about to be sold. And Jake and Mandy's marriage is damaged by slavery—and destroyed by freedom. Here is the African-American experience, brought alive by a master storyteller.

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Overview

Meet Rambler, a runaway slave roaming the countryside with a guitar, who knows the only way to stay free is to keep moving. Louis is another runaway, fleeing the plantation where he was raised, because he is about to be sold. And Jake and Mandy's marriage is damaged by slavery—and destroyed by freedom. Here is the African-American experience, brought alive by a master storyteller.

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
The masterfully written stories in this rich compendium of African-American history are based on historical fact. Spanning the period of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, this book introduces readers to several people and events. We meet the adolescent slave named Louis who flees a plantation in Kentucky and crosses the Ohio River to ostensible freedom in Cincinnati, only to discover that he cannot escape from his master's reach. Ben lives on the McGuire plantation in Kentucky. Raised with his master's white son, he is as highly regarded as a slave can be. Ben is an integral part of running the plantation until his master dies and his role changes, when he is whipped and brutalized by the new overseer who is determined to put Ben in his place. There is much to appreciate here-finely sketched characters, poignant experiences and insight into the lives of African-Americans in 19th century America. An excellent choice for all readers, adults and children alike, this title, a National Book Award finalist and a School Library Journal Book of the Year, is also ideal for schools and libraries. 1998, (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140389814
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 5500
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 804,295
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2002

    POWERFUL ALMOST TRUE STORIES!

    Louis, Ben, and Rambler are all slaves who lived through tough times during the time of slavery. I liked Rambler the best who wandered the countryside playing his guitar for white folks and slaves alike. This teaches different ways slaves got along and what it was like then. I think someday I'll reread this book!

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