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Amos Fortune, Free Man (1950)

by Elizabeth Yates

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We used this as supplemental reading while studying American history. It is the engaging story of a man who was born in Africa, captured and traded as a slave, and never gave up the dream of freedom. ( )
  MrsLee | Nov 18, 2014 |
Amos Fortune wasn't born into slavery, but was taken from his village, along with his family, friends and fellow villagers. Once he reached the states, he was determined to save as many of his villagers as possible, being in slavery made this difficult. As a slave, he did all he could to help others. Once he was able to buy his freedom, he would work and work until he could give freedom to other slaves.
  alcrumpler | Jul 29, 2014 |
While I understand the important subject matter of this book, I found it a bit naïve. Amos never suffered under his masters - in fact, most of his training and livelihood came from the benevolence of those who owned him. It's no great feat to maintain your dignity and courage when you are treated that way your entire life. I would like to see if he would have keep those if he's been shipped down south to work the tobacco and cotton fields. Yes, he was a good man who did what he could for those around him. He was someone to be admired.
As for the story, if was a bit jumbled in the beginning, jumping back and forth between time-frames. But the end shaped up nicely, less jumbly and easier to read. I would recommend this book to kids, as it's a non-traumatic introduction to slavery. But it's a light read about a serious subject and should no means be taken as the end work.
Note: Amos Fortune was a real man. You can visit his original house in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. The money he left to the Schoolhouse because the Amos Fortune Fund, and is still being used today. ( )
  empress8411 | Mar 13, 2014 |
Born the son of the King of an African tribe, when he was 15 he was herded up with other village members, shackled and held as cargo in the ship until reaching New England whereupon he was sold on the slavery block.

This is his story from the time he arrived on colonial soil through the years he was a slave who eventually was freed, married and owned property.

This is a story of hope and courage. This is a story of the tragedy of slavery and the bravery of those who bore the burden.

A 1951 Newbery medal book deserving of this honor. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jan 28, 2013 |
This book was won the 1951 Newbery Medal and I think writing styles have really changed since then. This book is written an omniscient POV which I didn't like. But it is a biography worthy of being told and worthy of being read. The story of Amos' journey as a young African prince captured in 1725 and sold into slavery, taught to be a tanner, and eventually given his freedom where he continued to ply his trade to provide for his family. It is a touching, inspiring story of triumph and the way it is written provides a good glimpse into the Colonial period. ( )
  HaleyWhitehall | Jan 19, 2013 |
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Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At 60, he began to see those dreams come true. A Newbery Honor Book.

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The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.

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