Books on the Emancipation Proclamation and Process great for civil war units --or-- to
commemorate the anniversary
of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 22nd
Americans believe that the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery that
In truth, emancipation was a process. Slaves received their freedom at
different times over the centuries of slavery in America. For example,
some slaves who fought in the Revolutionary War were granted their freedom once the
war was over (almost 100 years before the proclam- ation), while others
in slavery even after the Emancipation Proclamation, as their masters
kept the news of it from them.
following children's books cover the emancipation process and will
hopefully be helpful to you as you plan your slavery/the
Civil War units. Note:
Interest age increases as you move down the page.
Emancipation Proclamation by Pat
Ben's father taught him to read and write, even though it was illegal
for slaves. Then one night after being put in jail, he read a smuggled
newspaper and discovered Lincoln had signed the Emancipation
Proclamation. Based on actual events, the author shows how Ben both
improved and hid these skills, and how he used them for his future.
End of Slavery in the United States
This book chronicles the process of ending slavery, an event that
didn't happen on one particular day. From the Revolutionary
War onward, slaves had their own "days of Jubilee"--their own
Emancipation Days. Includes many slave narratives and historic
photographs. "Balanced perspective, vivid telling, and well-chosen
details give this book an immediacy that many history books lack." (Booklist)
personal stories share the experiences of African Americans from the
Emancipation Proc- lamation to the 1954 end to 'Separate but Equal'
laws. Poetry, memoirs, songs, letters, and court testimonies
great emotional effect, and are paired with Evan's dramatic oil
paintings. We highly recommend this book!
Texas slave owners kept news of the proclamation a secret from
their slaves until they were forced to reveal it on June 19, 1865,
known as Juneteenth to ex-slaves. It has been celebrated ever
since. This story follows Sis Goose, a mulatto slave who, despite a
close relationship with her owners, is not told of her freedom until it
is too late. School
Library Journal called this book "a real page-turner for
lovers of historical fiction."
Emancipation to the Great Migration
Summary: From the Emancipation
to the Great Migration, ex-slaves, who had neither land, money, or
education, struggled to find or make their own opportunities.
Documents, historic photographs, a schoolbook, and more, make this