Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts

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This meticulously researched book pays tribute to heroes such as Cinque, an African captive who was defended before the Supreme Court by John Quincy Adams, Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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This meticulously researched book pays tribute to heroes such as Cinque, an African captive who was defended before the Supreme Court by John Quincy Adams, Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, and many lesser-known leaders of slave rebellions are featured in this historical tribute; photographs, drawings, a timeline and a bibliography round out the volume. Ages 8-14. (Feb.)
The ALAN Review - Lisa J. McClure
"Arise! Arise! Shake off your chains!" Twenty-four-year-old slave Gabriel Prosser, "armed with literacy and a gift for speaking," encouraged other slaves to rise up against their masters and to fight for freedom. Prosser was one of many slaves who instigated revolts during the 300+ years of chattel slavery in the Americas. The stories of abolitionists have oft been told, but not so the stories of the leaders of slave revolts: their stories have been ignored, sometimes deliberately concealed, by historians. Familiar leaders, such as Nat Turner, and unfamiliar ones, such as Toussaint Louverture, appear in this historic look at the role slaves played in their battle to abolish slavery. Carefully researched and well-written - and sometimes painfully detailed in its depiction of the resulting violence - Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts provides a supplement to our history books, which fail to tell the whole story of the emancipation of the Africans who had been brought to this country as slaves.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
"Slavery is as old as recorded history and so are slave rebellions." So begins the introduction to this fascinating history of the resistance to slavery in North America. We learn of rebels known and unknown, lauded and unsung. Some of the names are familiar: Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, John Brown. Others are less well known, but their stories are no less compelling: in Haiti, Toussaint Louverture; in South Carolina, Denmark Vesey; in Virginia, Gabriel Prosser and his brothers. Perhaps most arresting of all, on the high seas aboard the slave ship Armistad and then in the courtroom, there is the man known as Cinque, who brought to his struggle the dignity and courage of his Mende upbringing. The stories of all these people, and so many more (Maroon and Seminole, abolitionist and Quaker) are told in clear and riveting narrative. A bibliography, index and chronology are useful additions.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-The McKissacks explore slave revolts and the men and women who led them, weaving a tale of courage and defiance in the face of tremendous odds. Readers learn not only about Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey, but also about Cato, Gabriel Prosser, the maroons, and the relationship between escaped slaves and Seminole Indians. The activities of abolitionists are described as well. The authors' careful research, sensitivity, and evenhanded style reveal a sad, yet inspiring story of the will to be free. Black-and-white reproductions of paintings, drawings, and documents appear throughout. A fine contribution to a growing body of literature about the African American experience.Carol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590457361
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Pages: 181
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    you must check this book out

    I think many people will like this book because Is really ineresting to read about this book if you are really into to knowing how badly African American people were treated back in mide day and had to work for free for many housr and bad condition of living. I like this book becasue It present information very cleraly and it give you a detail about each passages you read. yes, I find this book's approach to the subject insightful or original. through out reading this book I learnow badly how african american people were teraed back in the day. It really me inspiring to want to know about this book when I first strated reading the book.

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