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The freedom business : including A narrative of the life and adventures of Venture, a native of Africa

Author: Marilyn Nelson; Deborah Dancy; Venture Smith
Publisher: Honesdale, Pa. : Wordsong, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Born the prince of Dukandarra, Guinea, Broteer Furro was captured by slave traders at age six. As Broteer stepped off the African continent and onto a cargo ship bound for Rhode Island, the vessel's steward purchased the boy and gave him a new name: Venture. The young man crossed the Atlantic Ocean, landed in Narragansett, and worked through three decades of slavery to buy not only his own freedom but also the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Poetry
Juvenile literature
Named Person: Venture Smith; Venture Smith; Venture Smith; Venture Smith
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn Nelson; Deborah Dancy; Venture Smith
ISBN: 9781932425574 1932425578
OCLC Number: 191846995
Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection
Description: 72 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Witness --
Earliest memory --
Hellhounds --
Forty-two perfect days --
Honor among slavers --
A treasure buried --
Pestilence --
Anamaboo --
How I came by my name --
A voyage by sea --
Keeper of the keys --
Two masters --
Whispered plans --
Fat on the fire --
Meg --
December moonrise --
Sailing to Saybrook --
Aubade --
Work song --
Cows in the shade --
Sap rising --
Farm garden --
Mingo --
The incident of the clams --
The freedom business.
Responsibility: poems by Marilyn Nelson ; art by Deborah Dancy.
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Born the prince of Dukandarra, Guinea, Broteer Furro was captured by slave traders at age six. As Broteer stepped off the African continent and onto a cargo ship bound for Rhode Island, the vessel's steward purchased the boy and gave him a new name: Venture. The young man crossed the Atlantic Ocean, landed in Narragansett, and worked through three decades of slavery to buy not only his own freedom but also the freedom of his wife and children. Remarkable in his own time for his Ambition and physical stature, Venture Smith would become known to history as the first man to document both his capture from Africa and life as an American slave. Poems by Marilyn Nelson sit opposite the text of Venture Smith's own narrative.

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* "An astonishing, heartbreaking cycle of poems. . . . Tragic, important, breathtaking. (author's, artist's notes)" --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review

 
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by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-11-23) Good Permalink

    Poetry in response to the narrative of the life and adventures of Venture, a slave, who had been born Broteer Furro.  His narrative is heartfelt and enlightening as to what the life of slave was like.  Marilyn Nelson's poetry adds to the book and give Venture's life praise....
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