Anthony Burns

Anthony Burns

The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave

By Virginia Hamilton

Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780679839972, 193pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2002

Description
"Now in Laurel-Leaf, Virginia Hamilton's powerful true account of the sensational trial of a fugitive slave."The year is 1854, and Anthony Burns, a 20-year-old Virginia slave, has escaped to Boston. But according to the Fugitive Slave Act, a runaway can be captured in any free state, and Anthony is soon imprisoned. The antislavery forces in Massachusetts are outraged, but the federal government backs the Fugitive Slave Act, sparking riots in Boston and fueling the Abolitionist movement.Written with all the novelistic skill that has won her every major award in children's literature, Virginia Hamilton's important work of nonfiction puts young readers into the mind of Burns himself.


About the Author
Virginia Hamilton (1934 2002) was the author of over forty books for children, young adults, and their older allies. Throughout a career that spanned four decades, Hamilton earned numerous accolades for her work, including nearly every major award available to writers of youth literature. In 1974, "M.C. Higgins, the Great" earned Hamilton the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal (which she was the first African-American author to receive), and the "Boston Globe Horn ""Book" Award, three of the field s most prestigious awards. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition bestowed on a writer of books for young readers, in 1992, and in 1995 became the first children s book author to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, or Genius Award. She was also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.


Praise For Anthony Burns

"Moving and unforgettable." -- School Library Journal, Starred

"Beautifully written . . . a riveting reality tale whose legacy, even now, is not finished." -- The New York Times Book Review