Friday, March 15, 2013
Book Review - The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery
When John Price took a chance at freedom by crossing the frozen Ohio river from Kentucky into Ohio one January night in 1856, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was fully enforced in every state of the union. But the townspeople of Oberlin, Ohio, believed there that all people deserved to be free, so Price started a new life in town-until a crew of slave-catchers arrived and apprehended him. When the residents of Oberlin heard of his capture, many of them banded together to demand his release in a dramatic showdown that risked their own freedom. Paired for the first time, highly acclaimed authors Dennis and Judith Fradin and Pura Belpré award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez, provide readers with an inspiring tale of how one man's journey to freedom helped spark an abolitionist movement.
My Take on the Book
This was a well written book that talks about a tough subject. I loved how this book shows how one multicultural town will stand up for one of its' residents, not allowing him to simply be sent back to slavery without a fight. This book is both entertaining and educational and allowed my girls to learn so much more about what slavery was and what it meant to the United States and to the people who were slaves in our country's history. Not only is the story strong, but the illustrations are amazing and make the story come alive! I highly recommend this book to all!
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