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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Jan 26, 2009

really liked it

A great read about slavery during the American Revolution. At the beginning of the book, I remember thinking that things were bad but not too terrible for Isabel, the story's heroine. However, things quickly go from bad to worse for the character. It was very interesting to hear about the Revolution from the viewpoint of a slave. There aren't too many kids books out there that deal with slavery during the Revolutionary War. You mainly see it addressed as a Civil War topic. I thought it was very eye-opening to think about the Patriots fight for freedom from the viewpoint of a slave. On one hand, the Patriots wanted the freedoms of "life, liberty,and the pursuit of happiness," but they were unwilling to grant these basic freedoms to slaves. This story really hits upon this idea and how the loyalties of slaves may have changed based on what each side was willing to offer to them. This book also did a great job of presenting information about what conditions were like for soldiers living as prisoners in a city held by the enemy. A great story!

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