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The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

by Chris Barton
Illustrated by Don Tate

Published by Eerdmans, 2015
48 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪02853799

Ages 710

John Roy Lynch escaped enslavement at age 16 during the Civil War. He found a job, went to school, and, in the war抯 aftermath, got involved in Mississippi politics before he was even old enough to vote. He went on to be among the first Black public servants in Mississippi, serving as a justice of the peace and then in the U.S. Congress. This picture book about this notable man is notable, too, for its honesty about racism. For example, Lynch抯 father was a white Irish overseer who wanted to liberate Lynch抯 mother and their children. They would still 揵elong to him, the text notes, and 搘hile he may have loved these slaves, he most likely took the whip to others. Regarding the rising violence against Blacks during Reconstruction, author Barton writes, 搘hite terrorists burned black schools and black churches. A narrative that ends with a quote from Lynch抯 passionate speech in the House of Representatives about the shortcomings and potential of America also includes a historical note and timeline as well as notes from the author and illustrator about presenting this information for children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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