Under The Freedom Tree

ISBN-10: 1580895514
ISBN-13: 9781580895514
Author: VanHecke, Susan
Illustrated by: Ladd, London
Interest Level: 1-4
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Publication Date: December 2019

Copyright: 2014

Page Count: 32

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Interest Level

Grades 1-4

Reading Level

Guided Reading: S
Lexile: NP
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 19th Century

One night in 1861, three escaped slaves made their way from the Confederate line to a Union-held fort. The runaways were declared "contraband of war" and granted protection. As word spread, thousands of runaway slaves poured into the fort, seeking their freedom. These "contrabands" made a home for themselves, building the first African American community in the country. In 1863, they bore witness to one of the first readings of the Emancipation Proclamation in the South-beneath the sheltering branches of the tree now known as Emancipation Oak.
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