Under the Freedom Tree, Susan VanHecke
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Under the Freedom Tree

Author: Susan VanHecke

Narrator: Myra Lucretia Taylor

Unabridged: 20 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Recorded Books

Published: 04/07/2014

Genre: Children & Young Adults Nonfiction - History - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)

Synopsis

Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the first contraband camp of the Civil War--seen by some historians as the "beginning of the end of slavery in America." 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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