Forty acres and maybe a mule pdf
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule OverviewMaybe freedom was something you claimed for yourself. Like other ex-slaves, Pascal and his older brother Gideon have been promised forty acres and maybe a mule. With the family of friends they have built along the way, they claim a place of their own. Green Gloryland is the most wonderful place on earth, their own family farm with a healthy cotton crop and plenty to eat. But the notorious night riders have plans to take it away, threatening to tear the beautiful freedom that the two boys are enjoying for the first time in their young lives. Coming alive in plain, vibrant language is this story of the Reconstruction, after the Civil War. This book is dedicated to our grandchildren, present and future.
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Robinet fleshes out this specific episode of the Reconstruction with a quintet of characters, each having strengths and weaknesses. Pascal, a twelve-year-old slave with a crippled leg and arm, is the likable narrator of the story. He is charming as he amuses Nelly and Judith, his two friends, with terrible puns. His generosity and kindness towards the poor, white Bibbs family has great appeal. Falling asleep in the cotton rows or sneaking away from the field are realistic reactions to the fatigue, hard work, and withering Georgia sun.
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Twelve-year-old slave, Pascal, is reunited with his runaway brother, Gideon, who brings news that all slaves have been freed. Pascal, Gideon, and eight-year-old Nelly flee their master's plantation, searching for the forty acres and a mule General Sherman has promised the ex-slaves. En route to Georgia, they meet poor white travelers, bigoted ne'er-do-wells, and night riders. During this six months of the Reconstruction, the children and their new friends claim their promised land, plant crops on it, and attend school. But all the while, they fear retaliation by resentful white Southerners. Finally, the family is evicted from their farm, Green Gloryland.
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