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Days of Jubilee

Days of Jubilee

by Fredrick L. McKissack, Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Leo Dillon, Dianne Dillon

The day a slave was freed was his or her Day of Jubilee. Listen to the stories of how some of those days came to be.

For two and a half centuries African-American slaves sang about, prayed for, and waited on their long anticipated freedom — a day of Jubilee. But freedom didn't come for slaves at the same time Days of Jubilee chronicles the various stages of U.S. emancipation beginning with those slaves who were freed for their service during the Revolutionary War, to those who were freed by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Using slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents, the McKissacks invite young readers to celebrate coming freedom and the Days of Jubilee.

“ important work and an essential purchase.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The inclusion of individual voices and life stories lends this well-researched overview of emancipation a sense of immediacy and relevance for today’s readers.” — Publishers Weekly


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Grades 5 - 12
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About the Authors and Illustrators

Fredrick L. McKissack Fredrick McKissack is a writer whose collaboration with his wife, author Patricia McKissack, has led to the publication of several award-winning titles, including their 2003 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Days of Jubilee.
Patricia C. McKissack Full-time writer, Patricia McKissack and her husband Fredrick L. McKissack have written over one hundred books about the African-American experience.
Leo Dillon Among Leo Dillon's many honors, he and his wife have received two Caldecott Medals, for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, two Coretta Scott King Honors, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal.
Dianne Dillon

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