Under the Freedom Tree

By VANHECKE, Susan

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ISBN
9781580895507 9781607346340
Publisher
Charlesbridge


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2014  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 2–5—A vivid free-verse account of a little-known event during the Civil War. On a night in 1861, three slaves escape from a Confederate Army camp and slip across the water to a Union-held fort. Rather than send them back to their owners, the general declares them "contraband of war" and allows them to stay. This decision brings a flood of other escaped slaves hoping for something better. A makeshift town is created, and gradua...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In 1861, when Union General Benjamin Butler refused to return three escaped slaves to their owners, calling them "contraband of war," he set off a little-known episode in history in which more than nine hundred slaves ended up in Hampton, Virginia, working for the Union army. They were one step closer to freedom, though they were far from free. Eventually, schools were set up in Slabtown and Grand Contraband Camp, and these early schools led to...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In 1861, when a Union general refused to return three escaped slaves to their owners, he set off a little-known episode in Am...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2014

Covering a period from 1861 to 1863, this illuminating book is based on a little-known historical event and the brave men who deserve to be remembered for their role in establishing a haven for escaped slaves. Elegant verse captures vivid details, such as what the men may have seen and felt as they fled: “Glinting wave...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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