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Come August, Come Freedom

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Come August, Come Freedom
Written by Gigi Amateau
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ISBN-13: 9780763647926
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Come August, Come Freedom
The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel

author: Gigi Amateau

In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old slave named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African- American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabrielís blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabrielís early life. But here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a motherís devotion, a fatherís passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white masterís son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabrielís love for his wife-to-be, Nanny, a slave woman whose freedom he worked tirelessly, and futilely, to buy. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.

An 1800 insurrection planned by a literate slave known as "Prosserís Gabriel" inspires a historical novel following one extraordinary manís life.
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Young Adult Novel / Hardback
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
240 / 5 1/2" x 7 3/4"
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
Historical; African American & Black; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Gigi Amateau is the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, Chancey of the Maury River, and Claiming Georgia Tate. She lives in Bon Air, Virginia.
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