Amos Fortune, Free Man   -     By: Elizabeth Yates
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Amos Fortune, Free Man

Penguin Putnam Inc. / 1989 / Paperback

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Based on the true story of Amos Fortune of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Amos Fortune was born At-mun, son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America, and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave under two masters to buy his own freedom. Free at age 60, and having bought three wives (the first two died less than a year later), Amos eventually moved to Jaffrey, where he started his own tannery, became a full member of the local church, and died a free and prosperous man at the age of 91.

Amos Fortune, Free Man was the 1951 Newbery Medal winner. 192 pages, softcover.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Publication Date: 1989
Dimensions: 7.5 X 5.1 X 0.6 (inches)
ISBN: 0140341587
ISBN-13: 9780140341584
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 8-12
Series: Newbery Library

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Publisher's Description

Winner of the Newbery Medal!

When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dinity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true.

"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

Author Bio

Elizabeth Yates (1905–2001), prolific American author, won the 1951 Newbery Medal for her novel Amos Fortune, Free Man. She also received a Newbery Honor in 1944 for Mountain Born.

Nora Unwin (1907–1982) illustrated more than one hundred books for children.

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