Free at Last

Free at Last!: Stories and Songs of Emancipation
by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane Evans

Rappaport and Evans use first-person accounts in song, letters, memoirs, poetry, and more to bring to life the experience of black Americans from the emancipation to the Supreme Court ruling that made "separate but equal" illegal. Both the stories and the illustrations are riveting, unsentimental, and powerful. "The clear, spacious design will encourage browsing, and a detailed chronology, a lengthy bibliography, and source notes will help readers to find out more." (Booklist)

called this book "A glorious tribute to the lives of African-American heroes and heroines."  And in a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said "Vigorous prose is punctuated by poems, songs, and excerpts from primary sources, all of which illuminate the peculiar experiences of a people freed and still not free."  We highly recommend this book for classrooms studying US History.

Book Details

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  Gr. 4-8        DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level:  age 9-12     Lexile Measure: AD910L

Topics Covered
abolition  / the Emancipation Proclamation

Awards & Rating
IRA Teacher's Choice Award
Avg Customer Rating:
5 stars (2 reviews)
Free at Last! Stories and Songs of Emancipation

Peek Inside
Below are two sample spreads from inside this book. We've also included small images of spreads from this book at the top of this page. We meant to pick just one or two, but we couldn't narrow it down...they are just that striking, particularly when viewed full size. Rappaport's text and Evan's illustrations complement each other beautifully. Both are powerful and both draw the reader in. 

Free at Last

Free at Last

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