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Published: Feb 15 2018
Size: 8.5 x 11
Illustrations: 15 color photos
Louise Meriwether is a novelist, journalist, and teacher. She earned a B.A. in English from New York University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles. In the 1950s Meriwether worked for Universal Studios as the first African American story analyst in Hollywood. Her first novel, Daddy Was a Number Runner, received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Meriwether has taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Houston.
Jonathan Green, a native of Gardens Corner, South Carolina, has gained acclaim as one of the most important contemporary artists of the Southern experience. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally and appears in Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green. Green has been honored with the NAACP Image Awards Key of Life, the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award of the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, and other accolades.
"History comes alive with books like The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls. A great addition to any school or home library."—Always in the Middle (Greg Pattridge)
"The Freedom Ship reveals how Robert Smalls', a young slave, dream of freedom for himself and his family propelled him to greatness during the American Civil War. His dramatic biography is movingly told and beautifully illustrated to show how bravery, determination, and concern for others enabled him to become an important political leader and American hero."—Bernard Powers, professor of history, College of Charleston
"Meriwether's book captivatingly details Robert Smalls' journey from slavery to freedom. Through engaging text and Green's vivid illustrations, young readers will learn the dehumanizing experience of slavery and the personal toll it inflicted. Smalls' example will serve as a model to young readers about how to persevere, challenge injustice, and take pride in empowering one's self."—Courtney Tollison, Furman University, author of World War II and Upcountry South Carolina
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