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From Slave Ship to Freedom Road Paperback – December 1, 1999
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Rod Brown's paintings are achingly vivid, so much so that a few may be too powerful for younger children. Certain depictions are difficult even for adults to bear: a lynched man with the bloody blows of a whip marking his back; slaves stacked seven-high in the hold of a ship, packed onto shelves with less room than the drawers of a morgue; and black bodies bobbing in the ocean. These are horrible images, but nonetheless historically accurate and important to remember. Brown took seven years to create these startling images, and his careful attention is reflected in the paintings' power and emotion. Children may be initially startled by From Slave Ship to Freedom Road, but they will also be engaged and enlightened. (Ages 10 to 13) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Brown's paintings are truly stunning. He creates images that are often disturbing and graphic: men chained together like cargo in a slave ship's hold, a slave's back bloody with fresh welts, etc. But he also renders the faces of people with great care and tenderness.
At times, I felt that Lester's text was a bit too racially charged (for example, he includes separate "Imagination Exercises" for black and white readers). But on the whole, this is a moving and educational book. Also, there is text and an illustration explaining how many whites risked their lives to help escaped slaves; this aspect of the book is an effective celebration of racial reconciliation.
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I really love this book the stories from the underground railroad are greats. I love to read African-American History. Read morePublished 23 months ago by susieq
Am doing integrated drama and language arts. Great book and great servicePublished 23 months ago by Lynda Belt
I picked this up for my student's unit on slavery and the Civil War and was shocked at the white vs. black theme addressed toward the readers in this book. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Sean
Our son is studying the Civil War in elementary school and we felt slave life as it was being presented in class was very watered down. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Pedro