Many Thousand Gone : African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
Many Thousand Gone African Americans from Slavery to Freedom Author:Virginia Hamilton Unavailable for several years, Virginia Hamilton’s award-winning companion to The People Could Fly traces the history of slavery in America in the voices and stories of those who lived it. Leo and Diane Dillon’s brilliant black-and-white illustrations echo the stories’ subtlety and power, making this book as stunning to ... more »look at as it is to read.
“There is probably no better way to convey the meaning of the institution of slavery as it existed in the United States to young readers than by using, as a text to share and discuss, Many Thousand Gone.”
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.