Educated for Freedom

The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up to Change a Nation
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Product Number: DD49242
Released: Jan 14, 2020
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ISBN: #9781690580614
Narrator/s: Rhett Samuel Price
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In the 1820s, few Americans could imagine a viable future for black children. Even abolitionists saw just two options for African American youth: permanent subjection or exile. Educated for Freedom tells the story of James McCune Smith and Henry Highland Garnet, two black children who came of age and into freedom as their country struggled to grow from a slave nation into a free country. Smith and Garnet met as schoolboys at the Mulberry Street New York African Free School, an educational experiment created by founding fathers who believed in freedom’s power to transform the country. Smith and Garnet’s achievements were near-miraculous in a nation that refused to acknowledge black talent or potential. The sons of enslaved mothers, these schoolboy friends would go on to travel the world, meet Revolutionary War heroes, publish in medical journals, address Congress, and speak before cheering crowds of thousands. The lessons they took from their days at the New York African Free School #2 shed light on how antebellum Americans viewed black children as symbols of America’s possible future. The story of their lives, their work, and their friendship testifies to the imagination and activism of the free black community that shaped the national journey toward freedom.


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Educated for Freedom
Product Number: BX00283678
Product Number:DD49242
Product Number:Z100110739

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Author(s): Anna Mae Duane
Narrator(s): Rhett Samuel Price
Product Number Z100110739
Released: Jan 14, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781690580638

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