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Having escaped from his master to Massachusetts in 1854, Anthony Burns believes he is finally a free man, but when the federal government backs the Fugitive Slave Act which allows him to be sent back to his master, riots begin and the Abolitionist movement is rallied into action. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Reissue.
"Now in Laurel-Leaf, Virginia Hamilton's powerful true account of the sensational trial of a fugitive slave."
The year is 1854, and Anthony Burns, a 20-year-old Virginia slave, has escaped to Boston. But according to the Fugitive Slave Act, a runaway can be captured in any free state, and Anthony is soon imprisoned. The antislavery forces in Massachusetts are outraged, but the federal government backs the Fugitive Slave Act, sparking riots in Boston and fueling the Abolitionist movement.
Written with all the novelistic skill that has won her every major award in children's literature, Virginia Hamilton's important work of nonfiction puts young readers into the mind of Burns himself.
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