Under the Freedom Tree

Under the Freedom Tree

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Charlesbridge 2014
  • Character-Building Curriculum
  • Social Studies Curriculum

In May of 1861 by the light of the moon three slaves slipped away.  Frank, James and Shepard gathered their courage and silently rowed across the river "away from camp and Colonel's work."  They are fleeing the Southern soldiers who would "own them, work them, beat them, sell them and keep them slaves forever."

What are they risking?  What will happen if they are caught and brought back?  All three men are willing to take the risk as they make their way to the Union camp and face General Butler, "hopes bold."

What will the General decide? Will he send the three men back to face the Southern whips?  This is where Slabtown was born.  This is how Slabtown became a haven for hundreds of slaves who ran for freedom.  This is where in January 1863, the voice of a boy reads the news and proclaims their freedom.

This is where the Emancipation Oak tree stands bearing witness to the courage and the determination of those who chose to fight for freedom.

978-1580895507   32 pages  Ages 6-10

Recommended by:  Barb, abookandahug.com

Editor's Note:  This southern live oak tree still stands in Hampton, Virginia.

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