My Name Is Henry Bibb: A Story of Slavery and Freedom (Paperback)

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Often shocking, always compelling, Afua Cooper's novel is based on the life of Henry Bibb, an American slave who after repeated attempts escaped in 1841 to become an anti-slavery speaker, author and founder of a Black newspaper. Cooper takes painstakingly researched details about slavery and weaves an intimate story of Bibb's young life, which is overshadowed by inconceivable brutality.

At nine years old, Henry is separated from his mother and brothers and hired out, suffering abuse at the hands of cruel masters so severe he almost dies. Henry's courageous life is described in intimate detail and young readers will learn about everyday slave life on a plantation and in towns and cities, the coded language of slave escapes and the dangerous routes over land and water to safe houses.

As Henry Bibb moves from boyhood to manhood, he knows that one day he will “fly away” as in the old legend of the Africans who flew away to freedom. The first-person narrative, convincingly told in Henry's voice, traces Bibb's boyhood, marriage, fatherhood and the developing awareness of his bondage and his determination to break free of it or die.

About the Author

Afua Cooper is a multi-award-winning and celebrated speaker, scholar, historian, author, poet, performer and social and cultural commentator for organizations worldwide committed to building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. In alignment with the recent global overtures to end racism, Dr. Cooper's mission is to end racism globally by helping organizations improve racial and ethnic justice in the workplace. She helps boards of directors set long-term strategies to become anti-racist organizations. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Praise For…

There are many slave narratives about exciting escapes, but few tell of a young person's suffering with the close-up personal detail of this fictionalized biography.—Booklist

The republication of My Name is Henry Bibb as a paperback in 2023 allows a new generation of readers to discover this engaging tale of a child born into slavery who escaped bondage more than once.—CM Magazine

Books such as this one reminds us of just what the human cost of aspects of history were for the those who suffered ... when we belittle the sufferings of the past by ignoring them, we leave the door open to a repeat of cruelties in the present.—Children's Literature

Product Details
ISBN: 9781525310850
ISBN-10: 1525310852
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: -