Only Passing Through by Anne Rockwell

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A powerful picture book biography of one of the abolitionist movement's most compelling voices.

Sojourner Truth traveled the country in the latter half of the 19th century, speaking out against slavery. She told of a slave girl who was sold three times by age 13, who was beaten for not understanding her master's orders, who watched her parents die of cold and hunger when they could no longer work for their keep. Sojourner's simple yet powerful words helped people to understand the hideous truth about slavery. The story she told was her own.

Only Passing Through is the inspiring story of how a woman, born a slave with no status or dignity, transformed herself into one of the most powerful voices of the abolitionist movement. Anne Rockwell combines her lifelong love of history with her well-known skill as a storyteller to create this simple, affecting portrait of an American icon.

About Anne Rockwell

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Anne Rockwell has been an innovator in children's books for more than 30 years and has written well over 100 books. Gregory Christie's first book, The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children, received a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration in 1997.From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.
Published January 1, 2000 by Alfred A Knopf Inc, New York. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Details about her life in slavery, when she was purchased by an English-speaking master, her marriage to a man selected by her master, the birth and loss of her children, and the events leading up to her transformation to an advocate for freedom, are recounted with passion.

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Though writing in the third person, Rockwell (Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?) here gives Sojourner Truth an authentic, resonant voice. Ably tailoring her account to a young audience, the author

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The author follows the heroine from age nine, when she is sold at auction, through her transformation into an itinerant preacher against the evils of slavery.

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You'll meet Sojourner Truth and discover how she rose from slavery to become one of the most powerful people in the American abolitionist (anti-slavery) movement in the late 1800s.

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