Hard Labor

Hard Labor

The First African Americans, 1619

By Patricia C. McKissack; Fredrick McKissack, Jr.; Joseph Daniel Fiedler (Illustrator)

Aladdin Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780689861499, 64pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2004

Description
"Erased by Time"
In 1619 twenty Africans stepped foot on American soil. They came not as slaves, but as indentured servants. They knew if they could hold on and finish out their sentences, they would be free. They came with dreams of the future and a vision of life as good as any other person's, black or white.
Who were these people? How did they get here? What happened to them? Much of the information about them -- even their names -- has been lost. Stories about them are incomplete, and facts are blurred by centuries of neglect. But their stories are worth knowing and keeping and sharing, for they are a part of the American saga.
This is their story.


About the Author
Patricia C. McKissack is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including "Goin' Someplace Special, " a Coretta Scott King Award
winner; "The Honest-to-Goodness Truth; Let My People Go, " written with her
husband, Fredrick, and recipient of the NAACP Image Award; "The Dark-Thirty, " a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award winner; and "Mirandy and Brother Wind, " recipient of the Caldecott Medal and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.



Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of Western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. His work has appeared in numberous national and international publications, including Time and Business Week, and he is the recipient of a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.