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"Howard Fast makes superb use of his material. ... Aside from its social and historical implications, Freedom Road is a high-geared story, told with that peculiar dramatic intensity of which Fast is a master." -- Chicago Daily News
Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 28th 1995 by Routledge (first published 1941)
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Eren Buğlalılar
Jun 29, 2015 Eren Buğlalılar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-yazarlik
Amerikan İç Savaşı bitip de, Güney'de köleliğin kaldırıldığı ilk yıllarda geçiyor kitap. Kısa bir süreliğine de olsa köle emeğini sömüren büyük toprak sahipleri yenilgiye uğratılmış, siyahlar eyaletin kurucu meclisinde beyazlarla birlikte kendilerine yer bulabilmişlerdir. Eski bir köle olan Gideon Jackson'ın hikayesi böyle başlıyor.

Ancak eski toprak ağaları kısa bir bocalamanın ardından, yeni düzene uyum sağlayıp geri dönmeye hazırlanırlar. Ku Klux Klan isimli çeteyi örgütleyerek Güney'de çiftçi
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Jesse Hanson
There's so much i want to say, about not only this book but Howard Fast in general, but time is not permitting at the moment. I'll just say for now that I feel that he was and is simultaneously one of the most prolific and successful as well as one of the most slandered and mistreated of American writers. Most of his work was effectively buried under the landfill of political hypocrisy that covered the nation during the McCarthy era. As evidence to this statement, The American, which is the wond ...more
Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D.
Jan 13, 2012 Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D. rated it it was amazing
I'm really outside of my comfort zone here because slavery/Af-Am history is not my strength. I know enough about it to teach it successfully, but as far as literature about the period, I am not particularly well versed on it.

I just completed this book and really love it. I thought I would breeze through it and move on, but this book has now become part of my permanent library.
Lina Okar
May 02, 2013 Lina Okar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصة تصور نضال السود و حياتهم العصيبة في الولايات الجنوبية من أمريكا
تصور نضالهم و كفاحهم تضحياتهم دموعهم و آلامهم التي رافقتهم في طريق الحرية !
ربما لم تكن نهايةً كما أرادوا لكنهم دافعو حتى الرمق الأخير
هذه الراوية عدا عن أنّها تصور العنصرية و ما إلى ذلك هي رواية تعلمك حبّ الأرض
ما تجنيه بتعبك لن تتركه إلا إذا أجبرك الموت و لا أحد سواه على ذلك ...
رواية تعلمك أهمية العلم كيف يتعطش الناس له و كيف عندما منح أحدهم العلم أخذ يرتوي منه حدّ الثمالة !!!
الرجل المتعلم كالرجل الحامل لبندقية !
لا بل أكثر من ذل
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Addison
Apr 09, 2015 Addison rated it it was amazing
Freedom Road by Howard Fast is a very well written, powerful, historical fiction book. It is set during the reconstruction of the South directly after the Civil War and takes place in South Carolina. Gideon Jackson is a former slave and was elected by the plantation members to represent them in the South Carolina Legislature. Jackson made many friends and was very active in the legislature and bought the land the former slaves were living on. Everything was good for the community of mostly black ...more
Shahr Baran
Oct 02, 2014 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing
هوارد فاست (Howard Fast)هوارد ملویل فاست در 11 نوامبر 1914 در شهر نیویورک زاده شد. در کودکی مادرش را از دست داد. پدرش کارگر کارخانه بود و از همان کودکی ناچار بود در کنار تحصیل به طور پارهوقت کار کند. پیش از آن که تحصیلاتش به پایان برسد، به سودای دریانوردی و سیر و سفر مدرسه را رها کرد. نیروی دریایی به دلیل کمی سن او را نپذیرفت. پس به سیاحت در اکناف آمریکا پرداخت و مشاغل گوناگونی چون چوببری، کارمندی اداره، پادویی کتابخانه را پیش گرفت. مدتی در آکادمی ملی طراحی به مقدمات نقاشی مشغول شد.

فاست در سال 1
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Burcu Can
Jun 21, 2016 Burcu Can rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amerika'da köleliğin kaldırıldığı seneleri anlatan bir roman. İlk sayfasından itibaren okuyanın gözünde bir film sahnesi canlanıyor. Siyahlar ve yaşadıkları hayatlar... Bu bakımdan Howard Fast romanı gerçek hayatla çok güzel birleştirip kurgulamış.

Siyahların köleliğin kaldırıldığı senelerde bile yaşadıkları eziyetleri, özgürlükleri için nasıl mücadele ettiklerini, Klan adlı çeteye karşı nasıl savaştıklarını, nasıl üçer beşer acımadan öldürüldüklerini anlamak açısından okunmalı.
Amin
Sep 18, 2008 Amin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اثری ستایش برانگیز که موازی استقلال امریکا رخ میدهد و من نمونه ای مشابه با آن را به یاد ندارم. نکته حاشیه ای که برای خودم جالب است، این است که شاید همه تحت تاثیر شخصیت جرج واشینگتن قرار بگیرند، و حتی سختگیری شدید او را بستایند، اما من شدیدا تحت تاثیر شخصیت همیلتون جردن قرار گرفتم، نمی دانم چرا! شاید برای آنکه موجود بامرامی بود! ـ
Caitlyn
Jan 18, 2014 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing
I love Howard Fast for telling the Reconstruction era as it really happened. It's so rare to get an honest look at this important time in US history. And it explains so much about what has happened since that time. This is one of my top recommendations to friends.
Bill
Mar 20, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
This book provoked the strongest emotional reaction I've ever had to a book. Made me furious; I've read it 3 times.
علی
May 30, 2013 علی rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
خواندن اثار هوارد فاست کمک می کند تا تاریخ آمریکا را به گونه ای دیگر، از درون آینه ی ادبیات بشناسیم. اگرچه نه به آن دقت و جزئیات که تاریخ یک قرن فرانسه را می شود از طریق خواندن آثار بالزاک شناخت، با این همه هوارد فاست یک آمریکایی ست که با همه ی دید انتقادی نسبت به فرهنگ و تاریخ ملتش، هم چنان دلسوز مردم و میهن خود باقی مانده است. مهاجران را باجلان فرخی ترجمه کرده و انتشارات اساطیر در 1371 منتشر کرده است. نسل دوم را به فارسی ندیده ام. با وجودی که در برابر دیگر آثار هوارد فاست آنچنان درخشش ندارد، ا ...more
Camille
I really enjoyed this book. It was a story that, while not exactly true, did happen to many good people after the Civil War in the South. The characters really came alive through Howard Fast's writing. I found myself sharing in their triumphs and downfalls. Smiling when something good happened and frowning at the bad. My favorite character was probably Jeff. He was a poor African American who was determined to become a doctor. He traveled to Scotland to study medicine for seven years and didn't ...more
Robyn
Jun 12, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it
Strong and powerful book that is difficult to get through because the story is so depressing, especially since these things occurred so often in the south after the Civil War. How people could join the Klan and be so cruel and ignorant is hard to fathom. Disturbing book, but a story people should be reading.
Pam
Aug 04, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Americans: If no one has recommended this book to you, let me be the first. Please read it!
Daniel
Mar 18, 2011 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-top-10-books
This book shows the constant struggle between man, power and thought. It is a black mark on our society what was done to the freemen after the civil war and, even worse, that we don't know about it.

Then, as now the elitist are conquering and holding down the common people. When will we (the common people) wake and learn from the past so we can control our futures?

I consider Freedom Road one of my top-10 favorite books.

Howard Fast researched the records of this time period and created a masterpi
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VLT
Nov 02, 2014 VLT rated it it was amazing
My favorite book in 4th grade
Jose
Jul 29, 2015 Jose rated it really liked it
Powerful
Bahare Ghanoon
Dec 28, 2014 Bahare Ghanoon rated it it was amazing
Howard Fast is the master of constructing a complete story from the very beginning, and this time he has constructed the meaning of a very basic, a very untouchable concept; "Freedom". And once again he has completed a project brilliantly.
Once again he managed to provoke the sense of humanity in the reader, and gladly, Fast not being committed to a happy ending, not giving us a happy ending and thus leaving us unsatisfied, serves the purpose of the book, fighting for humanity, excellently.
Sharon
Jun 29, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war
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Alex
Feb 04, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing
Read this book for the 2nd time. Perhaps not a great book in its writing, but well-written in a simple easy style. It deals with a shameful, terrible and dark episode in US history of which I was completely unaware. How different the USA, and thus the world, may have been; how different the US foreign policy, and attitude to the rest of the world, might have been, had Reconstruction not been systematically smashed.
This book affected me deeply, both times I read it.
Graceann
May 14, 2009 Graceann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Good Novels, fans of historical fiction
Please see my detailed review at Amazon Graceann's "Freedom Road" Review"

This is an astounding book; one that will be with me for a long time to come. Howard Fast, a superb storyteller, takes preconceived notions about Reconstruction and removes the rich man's spin for a sharp dose of reality. I was constantly amazed, enraged and moved.
Priya
Apr 03, 2008 Priya rated it it was amazing
This book revealed so many things to me - really gives you insight about what actually happened after the civil war and why things are the way they are among the Black community, particularly in the South. Talk about things you never learned in High School History class! And it is so well-written and each character's story is so poignant, I finished it in like a day and a half.
Caitlyn
Jul 10, 2011 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing
WOW! im not much of a fan of the civil war but this book is on the aftermath and the start of the Reconstruction. It introduces the KKK and how life was for a Black person of the era and the first Black mens of Congress. I didnt expect to like it but I did and i cried.
Gregory Fugl
May 07, 2015 Gregory Fugl rated it really liked it
a very compelling book about a much forgotten window of time. it was filled with both hope and despair, and depicts the suffering of a people that it would bode well for us to remember to avoid similar follies. It's defiantly a heart bleed so be prepared.
Leslie
Mar 07, 2009 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every one
Recommended to Leslie by: Dad
There are very few books that I can honestly say changed my life forever but this is one of them. It's the story of overcoming adversity and how when the disenfranchised work together and over come their differences there is nothing they can't accomplish.
Katie
Oct 04, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
One of the best and yet most tragic books I have ever read. For those interested in antebellum history and the early civil rights movements, I highly recommend this books. Fair warning however, it will make you cry.
Dave Woodside
Jun 11, 2012 Dave Woodside rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-books
A book that makes the injustice of the end of reconstruction real. While the actual story is fiction, the story happened all over the south (with references).
Heidy
Aug 28, 2007 Heidy rated it really liked it
Some might argue that Fast is just playing with your emotions, but its feasibility forgives its fictional state.
Kate
Nov 16, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read that got me interested in civil rights. Such an inspiring story.
Martha Weintraub
Jun 12, 2013 Martha Weintraub rated it really liked it
I read this in my twenties and still remember it 50 years later as being a great read.
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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