Amos Fortune, Free Man

Amos Fortune, Free Man

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The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Books, 1950.
Edition: 1st ed..
ISBN: 9780140341584
Call Number: Kids Nonfiction SOCIAL STUDIES FORTU
Characteristics: 181 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Subjects: Fortune, Amos, 1709 or 1710-1801 -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Slaves -- Massachusetts -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Biography.
Massachusetts -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Additional Contributors: Unwin, Nora S. (Nora Spicer), 1907-1982.


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 24, 2018

Winner of the 1951 Newbery Medal for children’s literature, this is one of the more controversial books to win the award. It was the first Newbery winner to have an African-American main character and to deal with slavery. However, in more modern times it has been criticized as a book which promotes white superiority and understates the brutality of slavery. (Yates was white. The accomplishment of a Newbery winner by an African-American writer took another 25 years – Virginia Hamilton.)

While *Amos Fortune* is categorized as a biography in many library collections, the Amos Fortune Forum at the Jaffrey Public Library in Jaffrey, NH, says that it is really historical fiction, since very little is known of Fortune’s first 60 years.

The book is written in a straightforward manner. It is not particularly literary. I suspect that the author thought she was doing something respectful to the memory of this man; but I can see the objections of modern African-Americans. More than once the author seems to indicate that slavery was a good thing for this man because he was no longer a “pagan”, because he could learn from the superior white man, and because he became a hard-working, respected Christian. In her defense, Yates many years later said that if she had to do it over again, she would have made some different writing choices.

Lovestoread5 Jul 13, 2018

A good, quick read about how one person can make a difference in the lives of others by purchasing their freedom from slavery - not unlike how our Lord Jesus Christ did for us.

Jul 09, 2018

amazing story of an african american man and what he endures

Mar 14, 2015

Very good book . True story and very interesting . What Amos went through and endured ..... yet still was a kind , generous , caring and faith filled man .
Recommend this book .

Dec 21, 2014

This is a good read, shares the story of a slave who earned his freedom and what he did with his freedom.

Jan 08, 2013

Great Book based on a true story. It really captured the LOSS of the African people ripped from all they knew. This book is packed full of great character values such as hard work, love, freedom, charity, faith, strength, marriage in struggle, and more Every parent should read this with their kids.


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