Under the Freedom Tree

Under the Freedom Tree

Book - 2014
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Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the first contraband camp of the Civil War--seen by some historians as the "beginning of the end of slavery in America." One night in 1861, three escaped slaves made their way from the Confederate line to a Union-held fort. The runaways were declared "contraband of war" and granted protection. As word spread, thousands of runaway slaves poured into the fort, seeking their freedom. These "contrabands" made a home for themselves, building the first African American community in the country. In 1863, they bore witness to one of the first readings of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South--beneath the sheltering branches of the tree now known as Emancipation Oak.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781580895507
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations, colour map
Additional Contributors: Ladd, London


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LMcShaneCLE Feb 03, 2015

Share this true account in verse for all ages -illustrates the plight of slaves hired out by their owners to Confederate forces, who found emancipation by escaping to the Union-controlled Fort Monroe. The book's title refers to Emancipation Oak - near camp location http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Oak

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