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A free Black girl before the Civil War : the diary of Charlotte Forten, 1854 / edited by Christy Steele with Kerry Graves ; foreword by Suzanne Bunkers ; [illustrator, Linda Clavel].

By: Forten, Charlotte L.
Contributor(s): Steele, Christy, 1970- | Graves, Kerry A | Clavel, Linda [ill.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: Diaries, letters, and memoirs: Publisher: Mankato, Minn. : Blue Earth Books, c2000Description: 32 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0736803459; 9780736803458.Subject(s): Forten, Charlotte L. Journal -- Juvenile literature | African American teenage girls -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- Diaries -- Juvenile literature | Free African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- Diaries -- Juvenile literature | Salem (Mass.) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature | Salem (Mass.) -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile literature | Antislavery movements -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 974.4/5 | B LOC classification: F74.S1 | F67 2000Other classification: HT 7000 Summary: The diary of a sixteen-year-old free African American who lived in Massachusetts in 1854 records her schooling, participation in the antislavery movement, and concern for an arrested fugitive slave. Includes sidebars, activities, and a timeline related to this era.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The diary of a sixteen-year-old free African American who lived in Massachusetts in 1854 records her schooling, participation in the antislavery movement, and concern for an arrested fugitive slave. Includes sidebars, activities, and a timeline related to this era.

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Gr 4-6-These selected excerpts from diaries capture the daily lives, events, and emotions of three young people who lived through the turbulent years before or during the Civil War. Introductory overviews are followed by portions of the individuals' diaries, interspersed with informative sidebars and insets, sepia-tinted photographs and full-color reproductions, a craft or cooking activity, and an abbreviated time line. Younger readers will identify most closely with Berry's words in A Confederate Girl because of her age (10) and writing style. Bircher's diary chronicles his life at the age of 15 while Forten's journal begins when she was 16. Whether chosen for assignment use or personal reading, these volumes will hold the interest of youngsters and help them understand and identify with the events, places, and people in history. Additionally, they will give students experience with primary-source materials and expand the portraits of young people as presented in such works as Jim Murphy's The Boys' War (Clarion, 1990) and Candice Ransom's Children of the Civil War (Carolrhoda, 1998).-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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