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Open the Door to Liberty
     

Open the Door to Liberty

by Anne Rockwell
 

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The story of revolution leaderToussaint L'Ouverture of St. Domingue (now Haiti).

The island now known as Haiti was once a French colony called St. Domingue, where white plantation owners forced hundreds of thousands of African slaves to farm sugar cane. Toussaint L'Ouverture was one of those slaves . . . but not for long. The day would come when L'Ouverture

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The story of revolution leaderToussaint L'Ouverture of St. Domingue (now Haiti).

The island now known as Haiti was once a French colony called St. Domingue, where white plantation owners forced hundreds of thousands of African slaves to farm sugar cane. Toussaint L'Ouverture was one of those slaves . . . but not for long. The day would come when L'Ouverture would lead his island's slaves into a revolution for freedom, and his efforts would influence the course of world history.

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"Christie’s stirring illustrations, including the cover painting of a triumphant L’Ouverture surrounded by his people, complement the dramatic tale."—Kirkus Reviews

"In this eye-opening biography, Rockwell makes a strong case that Toussaint L’Ouverture is one of the most overlooked heroes of the eighteenth century . . . Evocative paintings in primary colors help tell the story (the rendition of Toussaint in prison is especially poignant), while biographies and source notes make up the excellent back matter."—Booklist

"Altogether, this is a beautiful and captivating portrait of a leader whose story will probably be unfamiliar to most youngsters."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Rockwell succeeds admirably in explaining a complicated life, and the American-primitive-style drawings are a good match."—New York Times Book Review Bookshelf

"The brevity of the text and Christie's moving and sophisticated paintings . . . help bring the challenging political chaos within the reach of a young audience."—The Bulletin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547562070
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/12/2009
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

ANNE ROCKWELL is the author of hundreds of books for children, including the distinguished picture book biography Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her website at www.annerockwell.com. 
R. Gregory Christie is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit his website to learn more: www.gas-art.com.

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