Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Slaves Took on the World

Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Slaves Took on the World

by Kathy Lowinger


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Changing minds one song at a time. The 1800s were a dangerous time to be a black girl in the United States, especially if you were born a slave. Ella Sheppard was such a girl, but her family bought their freedom and moved to Ohio where slavery was illegal; they even scraped enough money together to send Ella to school and buy her a piano. In 1871, when her school ran out of money and was on the brink of closure, Ella became a founding member of a traveling choir, the Jubilee Singers, to help raise funds for the Fisk Free Colored School, later known as Fisk University. Framed within Ella’s inspiring story, Give Me Wings! is narrative nonfiction at its finest, taking readers through one of history’s most tumultuous and dramatic times, touching on the Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction Era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554517473
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Kathy Lowinger's first book with Annick Press was Shifting Sands (Spring 2014). The former publisher of Tundra Books, she lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 "Never a Slave!" 2

Chapter 2 John Browns Body 18

Chapter 3 We Are All in This War 31

Chapter 4 Getting into Paradise 45

Chapter 5 Root, Hog, or Die 66

Chapter 6 Songs for the Right 76

Chapter 7 Sing Up the Walls 91

Chapter 8 Breaking the Chains 108

Chapter 9 The Good We Might Do 121

Afterword 131

Time Line 135

Further Reading 136

Image Credits 137

Acknowledgments 138

Index 139

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