Monday, May 24, 2010

A History Lesson

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
By Pat Sherman

A compelling true story of a slave eager to read who brings a crowd of slaves to their feet when he reads aloud Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.  I love teaching the girls history through the eyes of other children of the time.

Here's a snippet from the book.
Ben studied the signs, trying to remember the letters. Broad, B-R-O-A-D. King. K-I...
"Boy?" The man had turned to stare at him. "Shouldn't you be getting along?"  "Yes sir." Ben threw his carrying sack over his shoulder and hurried away. Don't let them know you can read. That's what his father had told him. Slaves weren't allowed to read.

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