Lest We Forget and Freedom's Children
by Velma Maia Thomas

This sequel to Lest We Forget focuses on life during reconstruction and into the twentieth century. Personal stories bring to life the emancipation process, the Great Migration, and other stories of former slaves struggling to educate themselves and create a new life in post-slavery America.

This book is full of fascinating photographs, documents, and artifacts. Some are removeable, like an excerpt from a schoolbook used to teach the newly freed how to read, a grant giving twenty acres of land to a former slave who had previously owned nothing, and a confidential message from a World War I general detailing the lower status to be accorded black soldiers.

This book is a great resource for using in Civil War/Slavery units. While the fact that some parts are removeable means that they can get lost, it also means you can pass them around the class when talking about them!  Perhaps if you are going to put this book in your classroom library, you could pull those items out and set them aside in a safe place (if you feel they may get lost).

Lest We Forget:  
The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation

Reading Statistics

Interest Level: YA-Adult       DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level: YA-Adult      Lexile Measure: 1160L

Topics Covered   slavery in the United States  

Awards & Rating
Amer. Library Ass. Best Book for Young Adults 1999
Avg Amazon Customer Rating: 5 stars (23 reviews)
Lest We Forget : The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation

Freedom's Children: 
The Passage from Emancipation to the Great Migration

Reading Stats
Interest Level: Gr. 6 & Up        DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level:  young adult     Lexile Measure: n/a

Great for teaching
abolition / the Emancipation Proclamation

Awards & Rating
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 stars (5 reviews)
Freedom's Children by Thomas

Peek Inside
Below are sample spreads from inside Lest We Forget, which we include here to give you an idea of the amount of text and the use of maps, illustrations, diagrams, and more. Freedom's Children is laid out in the same format as well.

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

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