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The year is 1859, and it's Christmastime on a Virginia Plantation. The slaves are cleaning and setting up the Big House - where their masters live - for the festivities. The Big House is filled with warmth, colorful decorations, and yummy food... but there is talk of war and a sense that times may be changing. In the quarters - where the slaves live - conditions are poor, dirty, and cold, but the slaves are filled with hope for better times ahead, and they sing songs of freedom.
Moving deftly between two worlds, this beautifully illustrated book is a historical tale as well as a holiday treat.
In 1797, a slave named Isabella was born in New York. After being freed in 1827, she chose the name by which she has been remembered long after her death—Sojourner Truth.
Truth was a preacher, an abolitionist, an activist for the rights of both blacks and women. Although she couldn’t read, she could quote the Bible word for word, and was a powerful speaker. An imposing six feet tall, with a profound faith in God’s love and a deep rich voice, she stirred audiences around the country until her death in 1883.
A chronicle of the first black-controlled union, made up of Pullman porters, who after years of unfair labor practices staged a battle against a corporate giant resulting in a "David and Goliath" ending.