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Sarah's Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America

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In 1847, a five-year-old African American girl named Sarah Roberts was forced to walk past five white schools to attend the poor and densely crowded all-black Abiel Smith School on Boston's Beacon Hill. Incensed that his daughter had been turned away at each white school, her father, Benjamin, sued the city of Boston on her behalf. The historic case that followed set the s...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Beacon Press (first published 2004)
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M. Fenn
It's fascinating and a good read, focusing on the case of Sarah Roberts, who was forced to attend an all-Black school in the early 19th century Boston. Her father sued the state for her right to attend a school close to her home and lost. This was the case that Lemuel Shaw (Melville's father in-law) created the concept of "separate but equal" for.

It's an inspirational read with lots to quote from. My favorites are a quote from Emerson and a quote from Robert Morris who was the first Black attorn...more
Dawnielle
Started reading this for a work-related book club. Trying to finish it before it's due at the library! It is a very well-written, eye-opening history or free blacks living in antebellum Boston. A few revelations so far:
1. Although free, most Boston blacks were living in extreme poverty. On the surface, southern slaves had it better than their free counterparts -- slaves were able to sit in the up-scale train cars with thier owners. Free blacks had to sit in the squalid cars.
2. Boston was extreme...more
Betty Rots
Fascinating - and a "MUST" for those living in the Boston area.
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