Amos Fortune Free Man


1951 Newbery Medal Winner

Amos Fortune: Free Man is based on the true story of a fifteen-year old African prince who was captured, put on a slave ship and sold into slavery in America.  Born in 1710, this is the story of his life, his journey and who he chose to be.

Arriving in New England, he was given the name Amos and was sold to a family.  He eventually learned the trade of tanning.

Amos faced injustice, disappointment and grief many times in his life.  He chose to make himself into a man who could lead others, offer compassion to others and help others to gain their freedom.

What kind of a man was Amos Fortune?  How did he deal with his anger and his loss? Did he ever regain his freedom?  Determination, compassion, leadership, kindness, honesty, patience and goal-setting are reflected in the choices of this true hero.

192 pages    978-0140341584  Ages 8-12

Keywords: freedom, African American, Black Lives Matter, diversity, diverse books, determination, leadership, hero, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Newbery Medal, slavery, Diversity: Oppression and Resilience

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true.--from the publisher

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