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Joseph’s mother has been evading capture for years, hiding in a tiny attic above his house, finding safe employment in free states, and moving whenever the slave catchers get too close. Joseph doesn’t quite have his freedom papers, either. Technically, a white man technically owns him, and he won’t sign the papers because then people might realize that he is Joseph’s father. Never fully at ease, Joseph must earn a fortune big enough to buy real freedom. His travels will take him from gambling halls to whaling ships, printing shops to gold mines, and even see him sometimes passing as white when he dares. Based on real people from history, this is the story of a boy who makes his own destiny, told in Letters from a Slave Boy: The Story of Joseph Jacobs.
Book details: Lyons, M. E. (2007). Letters from a Slave Boy: The Story of Joseph Jacobs. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780689878671; hardcover; $15.99.
Annotation: A young boy tries to earn his freedom as he travels from whaling ships to gold mines.
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