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Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At 60, he began to see those dreams come true. A Newbery Honor Book.
Through stories, spirituals, and recommended resource books, Finnen exposes students to the rich history and heritage of Africa and African Americans. Each chapter provides the teacher or librarian with beautifully told folktales that provide the basis for further exploration of the chapter's focus. This rich resource is ideal for language arts and social studies classes, and provides an invaluable source of information for public and school librarians. Topics include: African American Storytellers, Ancestral Africa, Atlantic Slave Trade, The Underground Railroad, Emancipation and Reconstruction, The Civil Rights Movement, Spiritual Heritage, Musical Legacy.
Look behind the scenes, and learn more about the 76 fascinating authors who have garnered the prestigious Newbery Medal since it was established in 1922.

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