Many thousand gone: African Americans from slavery to freedom

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Knopf, Jan 1, 1993 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 151 pages
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Recounts the journey of Black slaves to freedom via the underground railroad, an extended group of people who helped fugitive slaves in many ways.

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Review: Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom

User Review  - Destiny Dawn Long - Goodreads

The title of the book is taken from the lyrics of an old anthem called “No More Auction Block for Me.” Two verses of the song are excerpted near the end of the book, which helps to emphasize the tone ... Read full review

Review: Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom

User Review  - Crista - Goodreads

This is a very interesting account of slavery in America. It begins at the first known trade, which is a year before the pilgrims, and ends with the Passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1866. What I ... Read full review


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About the author (1993)

*  Virginia Hamilton, storyteller, lecturer, and biographer, was born and raised in Yellow Springs, OH, which is said to be a station on the Underground Railroad.  Her grandfather settled in the village after escaping slavery in Virginia.

*  She was educated at Antioch College and Ohio State University and did further study in literature and the novel at the New School for Social Research.

*  Virginia was the first African American woman to win the Newbery Award, for M.C. Higgins the Great.  Since then, she has won three Newbery Honors and three Coretta Scott King Awards.

*  In 1992, Virginia was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, which is presented every two years by the International Board on Books for Young People, in recognition of her entire body of work.

* Virginia writes first for the pleasure of using words and language to evoke characters and their world, and in historical accounts such as Anthony Burns, the lives of real people.  Secondly, Hamilton writes to entertain, to inspire in people the desire to read on and on good books made especially for them.