Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

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Harry N. Abrams, Feb 1, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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A much-needed window into a little-documented time in black history
Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha Rimond Lyons, who was born and raised in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery. Everyday experiences are interspersed with high-point moments, such as visiting the U.S.'s first world's fair. Also included are the Draft Riots of 1863, when Maritcha and her siblings fled to Brooklyn while her parents stayed behind to protect their home. The book concludes with her fight to attend a whites-only high school in Providence, Rhode Island, and her triumphant victory, making her the first black person in its graduating class.
The book includes photographs of Maritcha, her family, and friends, as well as archival and contemporary maps, photographs, and illustrations.

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User Review  - EmilyWright - LibraryThing

This book is about Maritcha, an African-American girl growing up in the nineteenth century. The book tells of Maritcha's experiences growing up in New York City. Life was normal until the Draft Riots ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura Flicek - Goodreads

The book had a lot of intriguing and factual information. However, this picture book in my opinion is very dense. Although the pictures are colorful and big, the print is small and there are 34 pages ... Read full review


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Tonya Bolden is the author of ten books, including "Strong Men Keep Coming", "The Family Heirloom Cookbook", & "33 Things Every Girl Should Know". She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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