Thursday, December 10, 2015

Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates

This is a short biography encompassing the entire life of Amos Fortune.  Captured as a slave from Africa in the early 1700's, he lived a fascinating life and was fortunately purchased by kind and generous men who did not abuse him, but made his freedom attainable and taught him the trades by which he would support himself in his independence.

It's a great book for kids because it makes the injustice of slavery and racism abundantly clear, as well as the tragedies in Amos's life, without being heavy-handed.  The language is clear and things are well explained.

The only thing I would change about this book is how it more or less ignored the Revolutionary War.  I'm sure it must have impacted Amos's life directly, but it's only mentioned in passing.

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