Freedom in Congo Square

Freedom in Congo Square

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As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.
Publisher: New York :, Little Bee Books,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781499801033
Branch Call Number: JNF 976.335 WEA
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 29 cm


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Dec 18, 2017

This is a really gorgeous book, and the story is both heart-breaking and inspiring. Recommended reading for children and grown-ups!

Mar 16, 2017

The vivid colors used in the illustrations and the rhyming text bring the slaves' lives - and Congo Square - to life. A forward and author's note both add historical context to the book.

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Mar 16, 2017

stepha89 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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