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Freedom's Children: The Passage from Emancipation to the Great Migration Hardcover – October 17, 2000

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This sequel to 1998's award-winning Lest We Forget chronicles the jubilation and despair of newly freed slaves turned loose, as Frederick Douglass put it, "to the wrath of our infuriated masters."

Without land, money or education, former slaves had to fend for themselves in the hostile environment of a vanquished South. Covering the period from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to the start of the Great Migration, Freedom's Children tells the stories of courageous African-Americans who struggled to construct schools and establish businesses while trying to reunite families scattered by slavery. Even the creation of the Freedmen's Bureau could do little to provide real help. So they learned to make their own opportunities, often in other parts of the country.

Extraordinary interactive elements bring the lives of these American heroes into chilling focus. Readers can examine the "Freedman's Third Reader" used to teach former slaves to read, open a change pouch and touch "script" money paid to sharecroppers for use in the company store, peruse an account book from the Freedman's Bank, and much more. Freedom's Children is an unforgettable reading -- and interactive -- experience.

About the Author

Velma Maia Thomas is the author of the best-selling Lest We Forget. An ordained minister and a scholar, she created and curates the Black Holocaust Exhibit at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore in Atlanta

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (October 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609604813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609604816
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on May 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
An interactive book featuring historical photographs & removable documents charting the course of the people of American slavery after the Civil War.
This is a solemn book written & composed by an ordained minister & creator of the Black Holocaust Exhibit in Atlanta. In it Velma Maia Thomas refers to slaves & freedpeople as "my people" [which I must surround in quotation marks because I am an immigrant from the other side of the Atlantic.]
Freedom's Children has envelopes, slots & pouches out of which the reader can withdraw facsimiles of railroad tickets to Colorado, newspaper clippings about Black Senators & pages from letters & speeches. Other pages are illustrated by sepia tinted photographs of wilderness pioneers, personal advertisements requesting the whereabouts of loved ones & a miniature copy of the Freedman's Third Reader. Open the flaps to find special sections on college education, historical photographs & information on such luminaries as Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois or the Black cowboys' way of life.
A beautifully profound book, worthy of repeated readings for its myriad & fascinating details, its enduring determination for peace & a life of equality & its dignified & idiosyncratic presentation & language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sirrah1 on December 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having read Ms. Thomas's first interactive African American History book titled, "Lest We Forget", I was quite anxious to peruse this second masterpiece. It was all that I expectd. Clearly informative,the photos reach out to touch you with the the reality of what it was like to be black and a slave in America--on the verge of Freedom. The documents and other materials contained in the book are arranged with the text and photos in such a manner that one is literally pulled into living through that time period. The book represents an excellent mechanism for teaching young people about the trials and tribulations--as well as the exhilirating journey of African Americans finding their way onto the landscape of Freedom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LP Johnson on February 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This part 2 of the series was not nearly as comprehensive and informative as the first book...but still a worthwhile investment if you have the first book...I felt that it left me wanting more...More information, more photos, more documents (like the first book did...it might have been helpful to have had more old newpaper clippings, or articles written during the period, journal entrys, letters, etc. The content should be commensurate with the price...I personally felt, it wasn't. Again, it left me wanting more.
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This books makes you feel like you're almost holding history in your hands. It brings you up close and personal with copies of documents and clippings that you slide from pockets and folders inside the book. It's a book you must peruse with your hands as well as your eyes. A great book to share with your family and friends. I've had this book for years, and it's one of my favorites. I would never part with it. It speaks history in a way movies and documentaries cannot. This should be in every classroom, library, or history club.
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By susieq on February 21, 2013
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I must say this is one of the best books I have ever read.I have an unquinshable desire to learn every thing I can about my ancestors. This is a interactive book with many things placed inside book to make you want to read all day and night! Just what I did!The phtograph of Bill Pickett is a great bonus because pictures of him are hard to find.Read and enjoy.
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Wonderful piece of work to be shared with adults or children. There are still stories to be understood about the chronicles of the African American presence. The pop-ups add such value to the history lessons of this book. Navigating Life's Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey
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