Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel

By AMATEAU, Gigi

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ISBN
978-0-7636-4792-6 978-0-7636-5658-4
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2012  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 7 Up—Inspired by Patrick Henry's proclamation, "Give me liberty or give me death," a young slave dreams of a better future. This epic, but quiet novel set against the backdrop of Colonial Virginia, follows Gabriel through manhood. Imagined from the life of a real person, this important narrative illustrates the early American experience often undocumented by history books. It begins by examining the complex relationship between slave and master, as Gabriel grows up alongside, not as an equal but as a companion to his...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2012

Gabriel Prosser (ca. 1775-1800) was born into slavery just as a new nation, conceived in liberty, was founded. By 1786, Gabriel's mother "still believed, now that the war was ended and a new America waking, that freedom would surely soon come." Gabriel grew up with freedom in the air, and news of the revolution in Haiti. "Can I not do for Virginia what Toussaint has done for his people?" Gabriel asks his wife, Nanny. With her encouragement, he d...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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