Horn Book Guide Reviews

This thoughtful account of those who rebelled against slavery includes Toussaint L'Ouverture, Nat Turner, Cinque, Harriet Tubman, and John Brown, as well as the less well known Gabriel Prosser and Denmark Vesey. An epilogue notes that racism cannot be legislated out of existence but that ""wherever there is oppression, there is bound to be resistance to it."" Black-and-white photographs accompany the text. Bib., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6 Up-The McKissacks explore slave revolts and the men and women who led them, weaving a tale of courage and defiance in the face of tremendous odds. Readers learn not only about Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey, but also about Cato, Gabriel Prosser, the maroons, and the relationship between escaped slaves and Seminole Indians. The activities of abolitionists are described as well. The authors' careful research, sensitivity, and evenhanded style reveal a sad, yet inspiring story of the will to be free. Black-and-white reproductions of paintings, drawings, and documents appear throughout. A fine contribution to a growing body of literature about the African American experience.æCarol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews