Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States
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.
“Much-needed...an 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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