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The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch
by Chris Barton and Don Tate


Overview - A unique biography of a remarkable Reconstruction figure

John Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave in Mississippi, but all of that changed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Suddenly people like John Roy could have paying jobs and attend school.
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Overview
A unique biography of a remarkable Reconstruction figure

John Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave in Mississippi, but all of that changed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Suddenly people like John Roy could have paying jobs and attend school. While many people in the South were unhappy with the social change, John Roy thrived in the new era. He was appointed to serve as justice of the peace and was eventually elected into the United States Congress.

This biography, with its informative backmatter and splendid illustrations, gives readers an in-depth look at the Reconstruction period through the life of one of the first African-American congressmen.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780802853790
  • ISBN-10: 080285379X
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 50
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States - Civil War Period
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Topics - Prejudice & Racism

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Born a slave, John Roy Lynch would grow up to be one of the first African-American Congressmen, and Barton makes plain both the difficulty of this journey and Lynch’s determination to succeed. After emancipation, Lynch took odd jobs and sought an education, his path into politics beginning with delivering speeches and working as a Justice of the Peace. Barton offers an immersive, engaging, and unflinching portrait of the difficulties of the Reconstruction era, while Tate’s cartoonlike artwork softens moments of cruelty and prejudice without diminishing them. Ages 7–10. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Apr.)

 
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