Working for Freedom: The Story of Josiah Henson

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Josiah Hensons life is an epic tale of one mans battle against evil and ignorance. By the time he was six, Josiah had been sold three times. When he was nine, his familys owner beat him for trying to learn to read. In spite of his physical pain and emotional heartache, he never lost the sense of morality that was his bedrock. After his escape, Josiah became an advocate for those still in bondage. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, he led 118 slaves to safety in Canada. Working for Freedom is the story of...

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Overview

Josiah Hensons life is an epic tale of one mans battle against evil and ignorance. By the time he was six, Josiah had been sold three times. When he was nine, his familys owner beat him for trying to learn to read. In spite of his physical pain and emotional heartache, he never lost the sense of morality that was his bedrock. After his escape, Josiah became an advocate for those still in bondage. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, he led 118 slaves to safety in Canada. Working for Freedom is the story of a man who proved that one person can make a difference in defending and promoting human rights.

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Josiah Henson was born into slavery in Maryland about 1789, saw his family torn apart, worked for several masters, became a popular preacher, gained his freedom, and led more than 100 slaves to freedom in Canada where he helped establish the Dawn settlement, influenced Harriet Beecher Stowe to write Uncle Tom's Cabin, and met Queen Victoria. Arato presents his interesting and amazing story in short chapters, each of which highlights important facts and situations in Henson's life. Historical background is provided, and includes an explanation of American slavery, the Fugitive Slave Act, and an example and explanation of manumission papers which were given to freed slaves. Arato breathes life into her lively and gripping text with quotes from Henson. As a result, the reader senses Henson's hopes, fears, joys, and disappointments. Photographs and illustrations provide additional interest and information. Part of the "Stories of Canada" series, information on the Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Ontario is included. A timeline, index, and list of print and internet resources are found in the back of the book. This is highly recommended for school and public libraries. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894917506
  • Publisher: Napoleon Publishing/RendezVous Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Stories of Canada Series
  • Pages: 78
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rona Arato has published eleven children's books including Working for Freedom: the Story of Josiah Henson. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards. Courage and Compassion: Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference received the OLA's Golden Oak award for 2011. She lives in Markham, Ontario.

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