Illustrated by Shane Evans; Candlewick Press, 2004

This second book in a trilogy dramatically documents the experience of black Americans from Emancipation to the l954 Supreme Court Decision outlawing school segregation.

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The stories are riveting. Like the narrative, Evans’ dramatic oil paintings show the cruelty without exploiting the horror, and his portraits celebrate the courage of people who helped break the color line. Booklist (starred review)

Vigorous prose is punctuated by poems, songs, and excerpts from primary sources, all of which serve to illuminate the peculiar experiences of a people freed and still not free. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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