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Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave [Paperback]

By Virginia Hamilton (Author)
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Having escaped from his master to Massachusetts in 1854, Anthony Burns believes he is finally a free man, but when the federal government backs the Fugitive Slave Act which allows him to be sent back to his master, riots begin and the Abolitionist movement is rallied into action. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Reissue.

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"Now in Laurel-Leaf, Virginia Hamilton's powerful true account of the sensational trial of a fugitive slave."
The year is 1854, and Anthony Burns, a 20-year-old Virginia slave, has escaped to Boston. But according to the Fugitive Slave Act, a runaway can be captured in any free state, and Anthony is soon imprisoned. The antislavery forces in Massachusetts are outraged, but the federal government backs the Fugitive Slave Act, sparking riots in Boston and fueling the Abolitionist movement.
Written with all the novelistic skill that has won her every major award in children's literature, Virginia Hamilton's important work of nonfiction puts young readers into the mind of Burns himself.

Awards and Recognitions
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Coretta Scott King Award - 1989 Honor Book - Author category
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards - 1988 Winner - Nonfiction category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 543
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 308
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 416
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 313
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 343
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/01/1993
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 390

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Laurel Leaf
Pages   193
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.02" Width: 4.32" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 4, 1993
Publisher   Laurel Leaf
Age  9-12
ISBN  0679839976  
ISBN13  9780679839972  

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More About Virginia Hamilton

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Virginia Hamilton, storyteller, lecturer, and biographer, was born and raised in Yellow Springs, OH, which is said to be a station on the Underground Railroad. Her grandfather settled in the village after escaping slavery in Virginia. She was educated at Antioch College and Ohio State University and did further study in literature and the novel at the New School for Social Research. Virginia was the first African American woman to win the Newbery Award, for M.C. Higgins the Great. Since then, she has won three Newbery Honors and three Coretta Scott King Awards. In 1992, Virginia was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, which is presented every two years by the International Board on Books for Young People, in recognition of her entire body of work. Virginia writes first for the pleasure of using words and language to evoke characters and their world, and in historical accounts such as Anthony Burns, the lives of real people. Secondly, Hamilton writes to entertain, to inspire in people the desire to read on and on good books made especially for them.

Virginia Hamilton lived in the state of Ohio. Virginia Hamilton was born in 1936 and died in 2002.

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Teach children well  Apr 25, 2004
This 1993 non-fiction biography addresses slavery in the U.S., through the spell-binding story of Anthony Burns, who was captured and tried in 1854 Boston as a fugitive slave. Chapters alternate between 1854 and the 1840s, when Burns spent his boyhood and youth as the slave of Virginia plantation-owner Charles Suttle. In 35 children's books, the late Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002) frequently focused on themes of slavery and inequality.

No dry or fictional account, this riveting read-aloud elucidates 19th century heroism culminating in a dramatic denouement before Burns' untimely death at 28 in Canada on July 27, 1862. The epilogue covers repercussions to Boston abolitionists and others who helped him.

The book initiates fine in-class discussions of current-day slavery and abolitionists at Christian Solidarity International, iAbolish (the American anti-Slavery Group) and other groups who seek to end the practice, forever.

The story opens with Burns' Boston abduction. His flashbacks transport readers to his early years in Virginia; these crescendo in his flight from slavery and trial. Hamilton sets historical figures in context and invigorates their fiery sermons, posters and political gatherings with life. She fleshes out the details of Burns' life, from his point of view. He experiences hardships but dares to hope. His story includes suspense and drama that gets children's attention.

Burns suffered horribly. For example, he was once confined for four months to a slave jail in North Carolina, his arms and legs always shackled. In solitary confinement with inadequate hygiene and food, he became seriously ill. Still, Anthony Burns went on to achieve great things.

The book infuses children with the indignation of the abolitionists here portrayed. They were determined to defeat barbarism on American soil. Pastors and politicians, freed men and attorneys, and even some southerners, willingly defied federal laws to advance humanitarian ends, which the U.S. achieved within a decade of these events.

Kids see here a predominantly Judeo-Christian society, willing to accept responsibility for wrongs, amend them and repair to honest labor and nation building. The U.S. freed its slaves 150 years ago, at enormous but willing sacrifice--a gruesome war that took 600,000 lives. By contrast, radical Muslim Sudan today claims it neither condones nor practices slavery, yet indentures some 100,000 black southern Sudanese Christians, according to the New York Times, and systematically murders 1,000 blacks weekly in a genocide that has thus far felled more than 2 million non-Muslim and other blacks. Sudan, with only Islamic human rights, mandates institutional enslavement and discrimination against all non-Muslims.

Hamilton's saga is a fabulous teaching tool. Indeed, she was named Virginia to remind her of her family's roots--and the imperative to use her liberty well. Burns was a hero in every sense of the word, as were those compassionately determined to eliminate slavery in the U.S. This book provides great history. Good teachers will also use it to encourage new abolitionists, until slavers and slavery are utterly defeated, everywhere.

--Alyssa A. Lappen

Good class discussion book!  Oct 25, 2003
I read this book with my 8th grade English students, and althouth the pace is not at lightening speed, they enjoy it in conjunction with supplemental activities on Black History, true stories of slaves, debates, art activities, and acting out various scenes from the book. We discuss the relationship of Anthony and his white father, the common occurence of slave masters fathering children with their slaves, the lose-lose situations of overseers, the value of freedom versus the unknown of being thrust into a society which does not at all embrace you, the definitions, dangers, and occasional irony of abolitionists, whether or not Anthony is guilty of that with which he is charged, and what he is REALLY on trial for. After we finish reading the book, I bring in 2 lawyers (these can be parents of the children) and get them to help the kids break up into the prosecution and the defense, prepare for a trial, and then we put on the trial the next day. This is a wonderful way to wrap up the book, and the kids take it very seriously.
The book itself is not too graphic in nature (as are many slave accounts because they are true), but it does tell an effective story on which one can easily elaborate in class.
a disgrace to anthony!  Jan 1, 2001
first, i would like to acknowledge that anthony burns and the story of anthony burns are great. with that aside, i can now say that the book....WAS AWFUL. it was easy, yet confusing. plus, it was not very deep at all. i learned nothing new. nothing at all. not reccomended for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary. not reccomended period.
Anthony Burns rocked my world  Apr 19, 1999
My overall view of this book, Anthony Burns, is that it is very slow. It was a good story about freedom and rights, but it could have been fifty-pages shorter. During the last four chapters it talked about Anthony and his court trial. Every chapter seemed the same which lost my interest quickly. I also think the book had to many characters. I could never keep track of which person the author was talking about. I think Anthony Burns' story is a good one, but I don't think it was written very well. For example, every chapter was a different season and it would skip years. Anthony Burns had a very inspiring life, fighting for freedom and being traded from master to master; however, the overall story was just not very interesting. My opinion of this book is that it is a good book about a man's fight for freedom, but it was too slow and slightly confusing. I think this book would appeal more to adults or history teachers.
Anthony Burns a slave story  Mar 31, 1999
If you are looking for a good book about historical non-fiction book about a slave name Anthiny Burns, I would have to say this books for you! I thought that Anthony Burns: The defeat and trumph of a fugitive slave was a so-so book. I didn't like how the book moved from time to time but other than that it had a good plot. The book is about a slave named Anthony Burns who gets captured and goes on trial and if you want to know any more you should buy this book!

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