Freedom Road

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M.E. Sharpe, 1944 - Fiction - 275 pages
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"Howard Fast makes superb use of his material. ... Aside from its social and historical implications, Freedom Road is a high-geared story, told with that peculiar dramatic intensity of which Fast is a master". -- Chicago Daily News
 

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

A very compelling read. This tells the story of the South and the ex-slaves struggle to become part of America as free citizens before they were shut down in the 1870s. A sad story, but one that needs reading. Read full review

Contents

A Prologue
5
Two How Gideon Jackson and Brother Peter Talked
15
Three How Gideon Jackson Went to Charleston and
21
Four How Gideon Jackson Labored with Both His Hands
41
Five How Gideon jackson Was a Guest of Honor
64
CHAPTER PAGE
95
Seven How Gideon Jackson journeyed Far Afield
124
PART
161
Eight How Gideon Jackson Went to See a Tired Man 163
183
Ten How Gideon Jackson Fought the Good Fight
216
An Afterword
262
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About the author (1944)

Howard Fast was born January 11, 1914. The grandson of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, he was raised in a poor family, and his politics have always been an important part of his life and work. A fighter for anti-Fascist causes and a member of the Communist party, he was jailed for three months during the 1950s for refusing to testify about his political activity. Blacklisted as a result, he founded his own publishing house, Blue Heron Press, which released his novel Spartacus (1951), which was made into a popular film in 1960. Some of his works were written under the pseudonym E. V. Cunningham. Fast's first novel was published in 1933 during the Great Depression, and he has had a solidly successful career ever since. Considered to be one of the world's most widely read writers, his books have been translated into 82 languages. More than 10 of his novels have been made into films, and The Immigrants (1977) was made into a television miniseries in 1979. His novels are page-turners, in which characters struggle with personal, political, and religious questions in their lives. The female characters-a number of his books have female protagonists-are strong, intelligent, and capable people who must fight to maintain their families and their fortunes amidst the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Howard Fast died on March 12, 2003.

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