Jordan Freeman Was My Friend by Richard White

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"A dramatic rescue births a friendship between 11-year-old Billy Latham and ex-slave Jordan Freeman, servant to Col. William Ledyard. Friendship ripens as war clouds gather over the coastal town.
On Groton Heights, led by Ledyard and Billy’s father, men toil to construct Fort Griswold. Billy hires on as water boy. His ties to the Fort deepen when Jordan and his Indian friend, Tom Wansuc, enlist.
Then Benedict Arnold launches an assault on Fort Griswold. Only 120 militiamen turn up. And Billy turns up, too. The horrors of that day change forever the life of Billy Latham.

About Richard White

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Richard White, professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle, is the author of "The Middle Ground" and "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own" and the recipient of the Albert J. Beveridge and Western Heritage awards.
Published September 17, 2003 by Xlibris. 175 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Billy first describes his hardworking but happy boyhood and his friendship with freed slave Jordan Freeman, who comes into Billy's life when he saves the boy from a marauding bull.

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