Amos Fortune, Free Man

ISBN-10: 0140341587

ISBN-13: 9780140341584

Edition: 1989

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It does a man no good to be free until he learns how to live. These were the words of Amos Fortune, born the son of a king of the At-mun-shi tribe in Africa. When Amos was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends. By the time he was sixty years old, Amos Fortune began to see those dreams come true. Amos Fortune, Free Man is a Newbery Award winner that is based on a true story.
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List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 5/1/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Elizabeth Yates (19052001) wrote more than fifty books for children. Nora Unwin (19071982) illustrated more than one hundred books for children.

Elizabeth Yates, 1905 - 2001 Elizabeth Yates was born in 1905 in Buffalo, New York, where she attended school. he also went to school in Mamaroneck, New York and lived in Europe where she wrote travel articles for American newspapers, such as The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times. In 1938, Yates published her first book, followed by about fifty more, still writing till the mid 1990's. In 1950, she published a book entitled "Amos Fortune, Free Man," about a young African sold into slavery who made a life for himself and his family in a new country. It won the Newberry Medal in 1951 and was translated into different languages. She also wrote her own autobiography, a trilogy, and the biographies of several other strong willed people including, "Prudence Crandall," the story of a woman who opened a school for girls that admitted both blacks and whites. Yates helped to organize writer's conferences and lectured at the Christian Writer's and Editors Conference, as well as participating in the environmentalist movement. She wrote "The Road Through Sandwich Notch" which helped to end development of a part of the White Mountains, turning it into a national forest instead. She also donated her home and the 45 acres it stood on to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Elizabeth Yates died on July 29, 2001 at the age of 95.

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