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A Picture of Freedom

A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl

This is a picture of "A Picture of Freedom."

This is a picture of “A Picture of Freedom.”

Patricia C. McKissack

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 183
Age Range: 10 and up
Genre: Historical
Year: 1997
Series: Dear America Diaries

This book is about the early childhood of a slave girl named Clotee who later became a conductor on the underground railroad. Her story is unique because she taught herself to read while living as a slave and used this skill to help other slaves escape from captivity using passes written by her. She also served as a Union spy during the civil war. This book is about her experiences and life on a plantation in Virginia in the year 1859.

I would recommend this book for students who want to read about real people during the years of slavery. If you are interested in learning about people like Harriet Tubman and what they did for this country, I would read this book. It is very easy to read and can be read in only a few hours.

–Caitlin

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