A MAN CALLED HORSE

JOHN HORSE AND THE BLACK SEMINOLE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

A worthy celebration of a life too little known.

Discover the life of Juan Cavallo, also known as John Horse.

John Horse was a Black Seminole born in 1812. His father was Seminole, and his mother was of Native American and African descent. This book follows the forced nomadic movements of the group as, led by John Horse, they made their way from the Southeastern U.S. to Mexico. Each chapter follows their journey to a new, hopefully safer land only for them to be disappointed again. One of the best-known facts about the Seminole Nation is how they helped with the Underground Railroad and saw themselves as protectors for runaway slaves, confronting the former White enslavers and claiming to be the runaways’ new masters. Aided by archival illustrations, Turner’s straightforward account contextualizes that and other facts, informing readers that the Black Seminole lived as free people, apart from paying a share of their harvest for protection against these incidents. The book is written in an easy-to-digest manner; although it does not go into great detail, it is an excellent introduction to the history of the Seminole, who went from prisoners and slaves in the U.S. to being seen as valuable for their skills at the U.S.–Mexico border. Turner traces the ebbs and flows of politics, from Gen. Thomas Sidney Jesup’s policy of containment that ended the Second Seminole War to U.S. Attorney General John Y. Mason’s cancellation of that scant protection.

A worthy celebration of a life too little known. (timeline, author’s note, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 21, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-4197-4933-9

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Abrams

Review Posted Online: July 13, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2021

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GIVE ME LIBERTY!

THE STORY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

If Freedman wrote the history textbooks, we would have many more historians. Beginning with an engrossing description of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, he brings the reader the lives of the American colonists and the events leading up to the break with England. The narrative approach to history reads like a good story, yet Freedman tucks in the data that give depth to it. The inclusion of all the people who lived during those times and the roles they played, whether small or large are acknowledged with dignity. The story moves backwards from the Boston Tea Party to the beginning of the European settlement of what they called the New World, and then proceeds chronologically to the signing of the Declaration. “Your Rights and Mine” traces the influence of the document from its inception to the present ending with Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The full text of the Declaration and a reproduction of the original are included. A chronology of events and an index are helpful to the young researcher. Another interesting feature is “Visiting the Declaration of Independence.” It contains a short review of what happened to the document in the years after it was written, a useful Web site, and a description of how it is displayed and protected today at the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. Illustrations from the period add interest and detail. An excellent addition to the American history collection and an engrossing read. (Nonfiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-8234-1448-5

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2000

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MUMMIES OF THE PHARAOHS

EXPLORING THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS

An introduction to ancient Egypt and the Pharaohs buried in the Valley of the Kings. The authors begin with how archaeologist Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tut, then move back 3,000 years to the time of Thutmosis I, who built the first tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Finally they describe the building of the tomb of a later Pharaoh, Ramses II. The backward-forward narration is not always easy to follow, and the authors attribute emotions to the Pharaohs without citation. For example, “Thutmosis III was furious [with Hatshepsut]. He was especially annoyed that she planned to be buried in KV 20, the tomb of her father.” Since both these people lived 3,500 years ago, speculation on who was furious or annoyed should be used with extreme caution. And the tangled intrigue of Egyptian royalty is not easily sorted out in so brief a work. Throughout, though, there are spectacular photographs of ancient Egyptian artifacts, monuments, tomb paintings, jewels, and death masks that will appeal to young viewers. The photographs of the exposed mummies of Ramses II, King Tut, and Seti I are compelling. More useful for the hauntingly beautiful photos than the text. (brief bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: March 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-7922-7223-4

Page Count: 64

Publisher: National Geographic

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2001

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