Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (1950)

Salve.jpgAt-mun-shi is a young, magnificent African prince until he’s captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts and renamed Amos.  Amos survives the inhumane voyage to America and is eventually sold like a piece of meat to the highest bidder.  But despite these humiliations, Amos maintains both his personal dignity and his burning desire to be free again.

For many years Amos serves his masters faithfully, learns a valuable trade and saves money to buy his freedom.  However, Amos learns that the 1700s is not an easy time to be a free African American in the United States of America.

This powerful story will stay with you for many years.  Amos Fortune, Free Man won the Newbery Medal in 1950.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 192 pages, Newbery Medal, Published 1950.  

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