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My Name Is Henry Bibb: A Story of Slavery and Freedom

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Often shocking, always compelling, Afua Cooper's novel is based on the life of Henry Bibb, an American slave who after repeated attempts escaped in 1841 to become an anti-slavery speaker, author and founder of a Black newspaper. Cooper takes painstakingly researched details about slavery and weaves an intimate story of Bibb's young life, which is overshadowed by inconceiva ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Kids Can Press
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
Reviewed by Sandra O’Brien

Henry Bibb was born in Kentucky in 1814. He was born to an enslaved mulatto woman and a free White man but, according to the law at the time, a child born to a slave was automatically considered a slave. During his early years Henry lived on the same farm as his mother but, by the age of ten, he found himself being hired out to various slaveholders, most of whom doled out atrocious abuse. Henry became a runaway at a young age, but was always caught and returned to his o
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Renee
Apr 09, 2011 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 6th-9th
Shelves: ya-historical
Henry Bibb published his autobiography in 1849. After escaping slavery, he gave anti-slavery speeches that moved listeners to tears. He founded the first Black newspaper in Canada, The Voice of the Fugitive.
Afua Cooper examines Henry's early life, birth to late teens. Henry Bibb describes his difficult life with his slave mother and a white father who never claimed him. The reader gets a glimpse of what life was like for slaves in the early 1800s. This life included beatings, families broken apa
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Laurie
I guess I'm not crazy about fictionalized biography, especially when the subject has written an autobiography, so it's not like there are no reliable sources to draw from. Review to come for LMC.
Sydney
i like this book. obviosly the author took time to emphasize the harshness of Henry Bibb`s slavery, and tough life. it was a good life story, told well.
Scott Robins
A successful recount of the life of Henry Bibb and a reasonably good read. The ending felt a bit abrupt and the writing style somewhat dry.
Gaby

ISBN: 978-1-55337-812-9; hardcover - $16.95
Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2009), 160 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
Linda
Feb 05, 2011 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Linda by: It was a red maple book!
It was an amazing story about slavery. I usually think that historical fiction is, not that interesting, but this is a very amazing story!
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Afua Cooper is a Jamaican-born Canadian historian, author and dub poet.

Born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, Cooper grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and migrated to Toronto in 1980. She holds a Ph.D. in African-Canadian history with specialties in slavery and abolition. Her dissertation, "Doing Battle in Freedom’s Cause", is a biographical study of Henry Bibb, a 19th-century African-American abolitionist wh
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