CHASING FREEDOM – A Fictional Gem

Chasing Freedom: The Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired by Historical Facts is written by Coretta Scott King award-winning author, Nikki Grimes, and it’s illustrated by Michele Wood, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner.

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Grimes has created a story that brings together two famous historical figures. She begins her story with Susan B. Anthony inviting Harriet Tubman to her home for conversation and tea before the Annual Convention of the New York State Suffrage Association. In the hours before the opening of the convention, Susan and Harriet take turns sharing memories from their lives. The reader learns of the hardships faced by both women as they stood up for their beliefs. Susan talks about her work in the antislavery and women’s rights movements. Harriet reminisces about her life as a slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad. Included in their conversation are other famous historical men and women who lived during the same time period. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Frederick Douglas, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Horace Greely are just a few of the figures who influenced their thinking. Grimes has used her magic with words to spin a story filled with historical facts and information. Along with the impressive illustrations by Michele Wood, this book is well-worth reading. Back matter includes short biographies of those figures mentioned in the book, an author’s note, additional notes, and a bibliography. Make sure to check this book out.

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