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Hurry Freedom

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Among the thousands drawn west by the California Gold Rush were many African Americans. Some were free men and women in search of opportunity; others were slaves brought from the slave states of the South. Some found freedom and wealth in the gold fields and growing cities of California, but all faced the deeply entrenched prejudices of the era.To tell this story Hurry Fre ...more
Library Binding, 96 pages
Published October 24th 2000 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Michael Koreis
This book is about a man’s journey from the New York to California for the gold rush, his name was Mifflin Gibbs. His journey took him from New York to Panama to San Francisco. During his travels, and his time at the gold rush, Gibbs was dealing with massive amounts of racism and segregation; some in his group were even fugitive slaves. Later in the book the author describes laws passed that disallowed blacks and other nonwhites from testifying against whites, making it a very dangerous place to ...more
Sarah Sammis
My library maintains a shelf of featured nonfiction at the front of the children's wing. The topic changes periodically. When it was highlighting the diversity of California's history, I chose Hurry Freedom by Jerry Stanley.

The California Gold Rush brought in hordes of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Hurry Freedom looks at the African American experience. The men and women who came were a mixture of slaves and free blacks. In California slavery was illegal but enforcement was lax. It
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Hurry Freedom
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The nonfiction book Hurry Freedom by Jerry Stanley focuses on the life of an African American man named Mifflin Wistar Gibbs who went to California in search of a better life and gold in the 1800s. While detailing Gibbs’ life and stories, there are other African Americans that are noted in relation to Gibbs. These men had to work hard to get to California, and to survive in a white male dominated nation. Some African Americans had to work their way out of slavery, and a
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Samantha Holler
“Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California” by Jerry Stanley is about a man named Mifflin Gibbs who journeys from the New York to California for the gold rush, passing through San Francisco and Panama. This book touches on themes like racism and segregation. The author mentions the laws that were passed that prohibited anyone from testifying against whites, upsetting many people. The author mentions that the 1850’s California was extremely dangerous because of the gold and greed p ...more
Natalie Hendry
This book is about a man’s journey from the New York to California for the gold rush, his name was Mifflin Gibbs. His journey took him from New York to Panama to San Francisco. During his travels, and his time at the gold rush, Gibbs was dealing with massive amounts of racism and segregation; some in his group were even fugitive slaves. Later in the book the author describes laws passed that disallowed blacks and other nonwhites from testifying against whites, making it a very dangerous place to ...more
Bernadette
Not a history buff, I did not think that I would enjoy this book, but I did not put it down once. I definitely learned a lot from this book – a very sad part of American history. Stanley used numerous resources for his book and the quotes from Gibbs’ own autobiography were very powerful. Excerpts from local newspapers were also interesting. The author’s voice definitely comes through and this nonfiction narrative is written with a personal touch. I would recommend this book to teachers and stude ...more
Hannah
A book about African Americans who went to live in California during the Gold Rush.
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“I’ve learned there’s no such thing as wasted writing or bad writing. All writing leads to better writing.”

Jerry Stanley is the author of several highly praised books for young readers, including Children of the Dust Bowl, winner of the Orbis Pictus Award; I Am an American, an ALA Notable Book; and Hurry Freedom, a National Book Award nominee and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. He is a former pr
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