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Feb.10.2014
  The Under the Freedom Tree blog tour continues with the awesome Good Reads with Ronna, a terrific place to find reviews and info about children's books and other educational products. Thanks for the thoughtful questions, Ronna, and for helping spread the word about ...
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Feb.06.2014
The UGRR mentions Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina time and time again as territories of bondage for African-Americans. During the 1850's the office of the UGRR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom in Canada and sometimes New York and Boston. It's...
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Feb.05.2014
  Before the Civil War, African-American Slaves aided by the Underground Railroad took on new names, an “alias”. Archer Barlow became Emmet Robbins and Rose Anna Tonnell became Maria Hyde. Children born of the parents with new names had the new names on their birth record. No doubt, those who...
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Feb.05.2014
So the lovely Laura Purdie Salas (teacher, speaker, mentor, and poetic author of A Leaf Can Be and the forthcomingWater Can Be, plus Bookspeak! Poems about Books, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School, and many more) is doing a super-cool...
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Feb.04.2014
It was an amazing ordeal to escape a Southern plantation and make it to a free state or into Canada. Once in Canada the Slaves who reached freedom would send letters to their loved ones in the states via the administrators of the UGRR. A common practice was to enclose in the letter, something very...
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Feb.03.2014
I just saw "12 Years a Slave." If you noticed, Brad Pitt played the part of a good guy. In that movie, there were very few good guys. Now we have an African American family in the White House. We've come a long way. When reading about the Underground Railroad, I ran across some interesting bits of...
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Jan.31.2014
The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson   As is my case with most books, I warmed up to this one slowly. My warming, however, became only tepid with The Orphan Master’s Son. I like stories, you see, and defined characters within such stories. That makes me an odd fit for postmodern...
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Jan.27.2014
Arrived home from ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter conference fun in Philly with Under the Freedom Tree illustrator London Ladd and the fine folks at Charlesbridge Publishing to find an amazing review leading BookPage's roundup of must-reads for Black...
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Jan.20.2014
UPS guy just delivered an unexpected but totally apropos gift on this MLK Day: a big ol' box o' Under the Freedom Tree, my just-released children's book about how the contraband slaves of the Civil War took their fate into their own hands on the journey to freedom.  That little Junior...
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Jan.18.2014
Author K-Trina Meador drops by the showcase to discuss her historical fiction novel Journey to Freedom and much more.   To download this program to your portable device please right click the link below and select "save as". Download You can purchase Journey to Freedom and the...