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Under the Freedom Tree by Susan VanHecke, London Ladd, JD Jackson


One night in 1861, three escaped slaves made their way from the Confederate line to a Union-held fort. The runaways were declared ""contraband of war"" and granted protection. As word spread, thousands of runaway slaves poured into the fort, seeking their freedom. These ""contrabands"" made a home for themselves, building the first African American community in the country. In 1863, they bore witness to one of the first readings of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South - beneath the sheltering branches of the tree now known as Emancipation Oak.

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ISBN-13: 9781629235790
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.49(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan VanHecke lives twelve miles from the Emancipation Oak. For years she drove past the tree without even knowing it was there. When she learned of the tree’s incredible history, she knew she wanted to share the story with children. Susan is the author of Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’: A History of American Musical Instrument Makers; Rock ’n’ Roll Soldier; and An Apple Pie for Dinner. She makes her home in Norfolk, Virginia.

London Ladd is the illustrator of Oprah: The Little Speaker, by Carole Boston Weatherford; and March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, by Christine King Farris. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

JD Jackson is currently an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Southwest College. He has an MFA in Theater from Temple University and several TV and movie credits to his name including roles on House MD, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, and Lucky Number Slevin.

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