Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave

by Virginia Hamilton

Two kinds of historical reconstruction are interwoven in a carefully written account... read more

Two kinds of historical reconstruction are interwoven in a carefully written account of Anthony Burns' 1854 Boston trial based on the controversial federal Fugitive Slave Act. Documented from primary sources, the biographical portions concerning Burns' imprisonment and trial are interspersed with innovative fictional segments illuminating his youth as an enslaved child in Virginia. Source notes, a list of persons in the book, excerpts from the Fugitive Slave Act and the author's comments further increase the value of this unique book. Honor Book, 1988 CCBC Newbery Discussion. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1988

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