Maritcha by Tonya Bolden
A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

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A much-needed window into a little-documented time in black history

Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha Rémond Lyons, who was born and raised in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery. Everyday experiences are interspersed with high-point moments, such as visiting the U.S.'s first world's fair. Also included are the Draft Riots of 1863, when Maritcha and her siblings fled to Brooklyn while her parents stayed behind to protect their home. The book concludes with her fight to attend a whites-only high school in Providence, Rhode Island, and her triumphant victory, making her the first black person in its graduating class.

The book includes photographs of Maritcha, her family, and friends, as well as archival and contemporary maps, photographs, and illustrations. AUTHOR BIO: Tonya Bolden's books have received acclaim from organizations such as the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, and from publications like School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly.
 

About Tonya Bolden

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Tonya Bolden has authored and coauthored more than twenty books. She also worked with Mother Love on her book Forgive or Forget and with Eartha Kitt on Rejuvenate! (It's Never Too Late). To learn more about her work visit www.tonyabolden.com.
 
Published February 1, 2005 by Harry N. Abrams. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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A serious-looking 12-year-old girl looks out at the reader from a sepia-toned cover photograph: The “American Girl” of the subtitle was African-American, a member of New York’s black middle class.

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Bolden (The Champ , reviewed above) lucidly relays the illuminating life history of Maritcha Rémond Lyons, born a free black in 1848 in lower Manhattan. Th

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Bolden uses research about the period to speculate about what chores Maritcha may have performed and games she may have played, and recaps Lyons's descriptions of some of the highlights of her childhood and family history (including her grandmother's memory of the day Frederick Douglass visited t...

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