Traveling the Freedom Road by Linda Barrett Osborne
From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction

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In association with the Library of Congress.


From the perspective of those who lived through a time of pain, strife, and hope comes a powerful message for Black History Month and all year long.


Told through unforgettable first-person accounts from slave narratives, journals, diaries, and other sources—much of it never before published for young people—this book is an overview of the antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1800 to 1877. The perspectives of children and adults who lived through this time and witnessed its significant events are provided alongside photographs, engravings, news clippings, and other archival material held in the collections of the Library of Congress, and offer a poignant message for readers. A bibliography and an index round out the many offerings of this important addition to black history books for young readers. 

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About Linda Barrett Osborne

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Linda Barrett Osborne is the author of several books for children and on African American history. She is a senior writer and editor in the Library of Congress's Publishing Office. The library's vast resources include the most comprehensive collection of images and manuscripts in the world from this period.
Published February 1, 2009 by Harry N. Abrams. 128 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books.

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Published in association with the Library of Congress, this lavish volume attempts to provide a history of America’s peculiar institution from the late colonial days through Reconstruction, using materials from the Library’s collections to evoke the experiences of enslaved Americans.

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