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People/Characters: John Little

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Dog in the Dark by Gerald Hammond
Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus
In the Rogue Blood by James Carlos Blake
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley

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John Little (1) is a legendary companion of Robin Hood who was extremely large, and was therefore ironically dubbed "Little John."  He and Robin Hood met when they battled over the right-of-way on a log bridge, and he was said to be Robin's chief lieutenant and second-in-command of the Merry Men. 

John Little or Little John in Wikipedia

John Little (2), chronicled in Forbidden Fruit was a North Carolina born slave who ran away after his master refused to allow him to visit his ailing mother.   He returned, and endured a series of beatings.   Eventually taken to Tennessee, he married a frail slave named Eliza.   Warned to he was about to receive a severe beating, they ran away; John frequently had to carry Eliza since she was too frail to travel on her own.   They escaped to Canada in the early 1840s and settled in the wilderness.

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