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Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction

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In association with the Library of Congress.


From the perspective of those who lived through a time of pain, strife, and hope comes a powerful message for Black History Month and all year long.


Told through unforgettable first-person accounts from slave narratives, journals, diaries, and other sources—much of it never before published for young people—this book is an overv
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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Camille Thompson
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book puts the voices of African Americans experiencing slavery, the civil war, and reconstruction in the forefront. Each time a new topic is embarked upon, a quote from an African American at the time who was affected by that historical event is used. I thought this was a much more humanizing and interesting way to present the material that what is usually done. That, in addition to the striking photos from the era, made this book more interesting than the other historical non-fiction I rea ...more
Not a book about the Underground Railroad as I had thought when I picked it up but more about just getting free and the legal and political aspects. Juvenile book.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Authors: Osborne, Linda Barrett, 1949-
Title: Traveling the freedom road
from slavery & the Civil War through Reconstruction
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Books for Young Readers,, c2009.
Characteristics: 128 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. maps ;,27 cm.
Local Note: 6 15 29 35 53 56 57 59 61 63 64 65 66 68 70 71 72 73 74 76 77 78 79 80 81 84 102 112 118 122 143 172 203 216 222 228 250 276
Additional Contributors: Library of Congress
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book examines slavery from its start on through the Civil War and then afterwards. There are a lot of really good photographs.

One of the important things the book points out is that slavery did not start with the U.S. Slavery has a very, very long history in Europe, Africa and Asia. Blacks were taken from Africa to Latin America and the Caribbeans as slaves in the 1500's, well before they were taken to the South.

Also, during wars the winning nation would tend to take slaves from the defeat
Most books that cover the African American experience cover either slavery or the Civil War or integration. I really enjoyed this book because it covers some of what happened right after the Civil War (a time period that is often ignored.) It is a very useful and approachable book with great pictures and quotes and documentation. (What do you expect when it is published by the Library of Congress, right?) Well done.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all family, FPCOG
Recommended to Jack by: #charlestonsyllabus
Traveling the Freedom Road is a result of the author's research at the Library of Congress. "It draws on diaries, narratives by runaway slaves, schoolwork, anti-slavery publications, and other materials written by, for and about young people during the nineteenth century."

It is a valuable resource for any family that seriously wants to understand and discuss the US history of slavery and reconstruction.
Sue (booknbeachbag)
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was highly recommended somewhere, and I thought it was just okay. It gave a brief history of slavery into Reconstruction, but it left out a lot. The purpose of the book was to share stories from young African Americans who lived through the Civil War and/or Reconstruction, but even those weren't "catchy" enough.
Jason Penckofer
The use of primary sources, especially from young people, stands out as particularly engaging in this account of the history of slavery in the US, how it ended and why the end of slavery did not mean equality.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the pictures/documents and analysis....
Edward Sullivan
Impressive historical work.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive work to understand the history of slavery and civil war briefly. The documents and pictures added emotion. Good job!
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Wonderful photos and understandable and thoughtful text
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Linda Barrett Osborne is the author of several books for children on African American history, including Abrams’ Traveling the Freedom Road. She is a senior writer and editor in the Library of Congress’s Publishing Office. She lives in Washington, DC.
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