The Price of Freedom

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The Price of Freedom

How One Town Stood Up to Slavery

By Dennis B. Fradin; Judith Bloom Fradin; Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Walker Childrens, Hardcover, 9780802721662, 48pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Description
When John Price took a chance at freedom by crossing the frozen Ohio river from Kentucky into Ohio one January night in 1856, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was fully enforced in every state of the union. But the townspeople of Oberlin, Ohio, believed there that all people deserved to be free, so Price started a new life in town-until a crew of slave-catchers arrived and apprehended him. When the residents of Oberlin heard of his capture, many of them banded together to demand his release in a dramatic showdown that risked their own freedom. Paired for the first time, highly acclaimed authors Dennis & Judith Fradin and Pura Belpre award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez, provide readers with an inspiring tale of how one man's journey to freedom helped spark an abolitionist movement.


About the Author


Judith Bloom Fradin has collaborated with Dennis Brindell Fradin on several award-winning books for young readers, includinng Fight On! Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration, selected as one of 2004's Best Books for Young Adults among other honors. The Fradins live in Evanston, Illinois

Eric Velasquez was born in Spanish Harlem to Afro-Puerto Rican parents and grew up in Harlem. The many awards he has won include a Pura BelprE and the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe Award. He illustrated "Ol' Clip-Clop "by Patricia C. McKissack, which received starred reviews in "Kirkus Reviews" and "Publishers Weekly". He lives in New York with his family.