Amos Fortune, Free Man

Amos Fortune, Free Man


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A Newbery Medal Winner

When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dinity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true.

"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140341584
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/1989
Series: Newbery Library, Puffin Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 63,505
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Yates (1905–2001), prolific American author, won the 1951 Newbery Medal for her novel Amos Fortune, Free Man. She also received a Newbery Honor in 1944 for Mountain Born.

Nora Unwin (1907–1982) illustrated more than one hundred books for children.

Table of Contents

Africa 1725
The Middle Passage
Boston 1725-1740
Woburn 1740-1779
Journey to Keene 1779
The Arrival at Jaffrey
Hard Work Fills the Iron Kettle 1781-1789
Amos on the Mountain
Auctioned for Freedom
Evergreen Years 1794-1801

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"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

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Amos Fortune, Free Man 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Newbery Book Title: Amos Fortune, Free Man Reading Level: Sixth Grade Genre: Historical About the Author: Elizabeth Yates was born in New York State in 1905. Ms. Yates was the author of over forty children¿s books. She was best known for her book Amos Fortune, Free Man, which won the Newbery Award in 1951. In 1926 Ms. Yates moved to New York City to launch her writing career. She married her husband, William McGreal and they moved to England, where she wrote her first book, High Holiday. In 1939, she and her husband returned to the United States and settled on an old farm in New Hamshire, where she continued to write books. Book Review: This is the story of the life of Amos Fortune. Mr. Fortune was born in Africa in a village of the At-mun-ski people. He was born to royalty. He was a prince, the son of a King. ¿He is strong. He is beautiful. When the time comes, he will rule us well,¿ the people said of At-mum. He would have been a King, but his likes take a dramatic and tragic turn. At the age of fifteen, he was captured by slaves and brought to America. He arrived in Boston and was purchased as a slave. He was then given the name Amos. He was then a slave, but he dreamed of freedom. At the age of sixty, and after many years of hard work, Amos realized his dream as he had saved enough money to buy his freedom. He later went on to purchase freedom for several other people. Amos overcame his tremendous adversity to accomplish is dreams, and through his generosity, helped others as well. This was a wonderful story, very moving and inspirational. I highly recommend it for reading enjoyment. Bibliographic Information: Yates, Elizabeth. Amos Fortune, Free Man. NewYork: Puffin Books: A Division of Penguin Books, 1950.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The way Elizabeth Yates writes the book makes me feel like I'm there standing next to Amos 24/7. This book has a great message , and I think children of all ages would enjoy this book if they read it
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The way that Ms. Yates describes Amos Fortune makes me wish I had known him. He is such a kind and wise and tender-hearted man - a true King. The story is perhaps not as realistic as it might have been in terms of describing the treatment of Black men and women but Ms. Yates focuses on the theme of true freedom - of knowing oneself and God - and it is a peaceful thing to read.
Islandmumma2seven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Story.Freedom Freedom Freedom!!! Blessed Amos
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simply written story that chronicles the life and hardships of one man after he is released from slavery. I thought that this book was a bit too abruptly written and factual, never revealing much of Amos Fortune's feelings or emotions, but it was still a pretty good story drawn off of real-life historical events.
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good potential to develop a theme: devoting oneself to creating freedom wherever one goes. But we weren't given enough time to understand and appreciate Amos' character. Age 15 to 90 in 180 pages! And I found it hard to discern the point of the book: to marvel at Amos' wisdom? to describe lives of slaves and freedmen? to regret our prejudiced past? I'm not sure. One final note: the scene where Amos is jovially bidding on himself at the slave auction is very creepy!
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The remarkable story of Amos, a slave in Massachusetts. Born the son of a chief in Africa, the story follows his capture and sale in America and on through his purchase of freedom. A remarkable, unique look at slavery in New England.
1morechapter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells Amos' story from his capture in Africa to his years of being a slave and finally to his final years as a free black man. Amos was the prince of his tribe in Africa, and it is a shock to him when he is captured for slavery. He is very lucky, though, as his owners treat him very kindly. He serves them well, saves his money, and is able to "buy" his freedom. He also buys his wives' (he was twice a widower) freedom. Amos is a gentle and kind man who respects both God and others. I highly recommend this story to both children and adults.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this one to be a rather unusual slave story. It's the true tale of Amos Fortune, a chieftain's son who was captured and enslaved around 1725 and brought to New England, where he eventually purchased his freedom. One thing that's unusual is that it's set in New England. I'm used to the American myth that Massachusetts is the bastion of liberty, where everyone is a born abolitionist. In the early 18th Century, that wasn't the case. Another unusual twist is that the story is rather lacking in passion. While Mr. Fortune desires freedom, he's portrayed as living a quiet and humble life as a slave, methodically working to amass the money needed to purchase his liberty. He takes the racism in his society in stride, always taking the high road. Of course, this was written in 1950's, back when everybody was supposed to shut up and get with the program. Especially if your skin is dark. But despite being too soft on slavery, it's an interesting look at a noble and admirable man.--J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an ok book but I found it slightly dull and dreary also i did not like how they dont tell you how he dies.of course i probably felt this way because i was obligated to read by my teacher and i like to rebel,but all in all it was a nice book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok so I am still reading this book I am only on chapter three. Right now it talks about At-mun and the At-mun-shi people. They where having a corn festivle but then At-mun and many more were kiddnapped from the whites and were sold as slaves in America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That is what happened to the character in this book. This is the story of the life of Amos Fortune. Amos was born in the equatorial forest of Africa in a village of the At-mun-ski people. His birth name was At-min and he was born to royalty, for he was a prince, a son of a king. ¿He is strong. He is beautiful. When the time comes, he will rule us well,¿ the people said of At-mun. He would have been the king, but his like takes a dramatic and tragic turn, when at the age of fifteen he is captured by slavers and brought to America. He arrives in Boston where he is purchased as a slave. He is then given the name of Amos. Amos was a slave, but he dreamed of freedom. After many years of hard work, Amos realized his dream at the age of sixty when he had saved enough money to buy his freedom. Later he purchased freedom for several other people as well. Amos overcomes tremendous adversity to accomplish his dreams. Through his generosity he helped others. This is a wonderful book which I loved reading tremendously. The story is skillfully written and is very moving and inspirational. I enthusiastically give it my highest recommendation
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yates, Elizabeth. Amos Fortune: Free Man. New York: E. P Dutton & CO., INC., 1950. This novel is a true story and an intensely moving biography of a strong and gentle man. The author, Elizabeth Yates, is one of America's leading writers for young people. Her devotion to the art began during childhood summers on her father's farm south of Buffalo, New York. Her first book was published there in 1938. This novel, Amos Fortune: Free Man, offers the reader a journey of amazement and admiration of a man who over came slavery and became a celebrity of his time. Amos Fortune, formerly At-mun, bought his freedom from his owner and began his life as a tanner. Along the way he also bought the freedom of four people, the later being his wife and adopted child Violet and Celyndia. At the end of his life, Amos Fortune gave his last penny to the city for the education of others, 'The town shall us the money in any way it sees fit to educate its sons and daughters.' This novel is one that the reader will read in one sitting due to the fact that the book encompases the reader and does not allow it to be put down the final word on the last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative. It also has great messages about doing what your heart says is right, perserverance, and hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. It is about a black family who was brought into slavery. Fifteen years later Amos made a big discovery that all his famiy died. He tried to escape but was brutally beat. I recommend this book for ages 12-15. I also recommend this book for people who love drama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a true testament of life when people weren't people. Amos Fortune should be an American icon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amos Fortune is a slave. One day Amos plans to exscape but he does not want to leave with out telling any of his friends. He tells one of his older friends and sets off for any adventure. Amos soon finds a safe place, finds a wife,they have 2 kids then Amos and his wife die a free couple.