Many Thousand Gone : African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
Many Thousand Gone African Americans from Slavery to Freedom Author:Virginia Hamilton Illus. in black-and-white. In this companion volume to the award-winning The People Could Fly, Virginia Hamilton traces the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in America. Thirty-five inspiring stories describe ingenious escapes, desperate measures, and daring protests of former slaves. "Hamilton is neither sensational nor sen... more »timental, even as she celebrates the many acts of shining courage. This makes us all want to know more, much more, about those many thousand gone."--(starred) Booklist. "A compelling book, outstanding in every way."--(pointer) Kirkus.« less
The cover bills this as a "Companion to "The People Could Fly," by the same author. That was a book of African-American folktales, while this contains many short chapters about famous and less-famous Black people during the period of slavery in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, with a short afterword on the period from the Emancipation Proclamation until the present.
As always, Virginia Hamilton is a master writer for children, and the book is enhanced with the great illustrations of Leo and Diane Dillon.