Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts
Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony: two women during the late 1800s and early 1900s who are known for their contribution in freeing slaves and women’s voting rights, respectively. While most often recognized for their individual accomplishments, these iconic women were actually well acquainted with one another since they were partakers in “a larger circle of historical luminaries.” It is this amazing connection that award winning author Nikki Grimes found inspiration to create Chasing Freedom. Set during 1904, it is an imaginary story of Tubman and Anthony, who discuss their involvement in historic and current events while awaiting the opening of the 28th Annual Convention of the New York State Suffrage Association, where Tubman is the guest speaker.
Grimes’ conversational narrative draws young readers right into Anthony’s homey parlor, where Anthony and Tubman chat over a cup of tea. Aptly and deftly complementing their quaint conversation is award-winning illustrator Michele Wood’s striking acrylic and oil depictions. The end result of Grimes and Wood’s collaboration highlights the powerful similarities between Anthony’s and Tubman’s callings, the people who inspired them, and their personal struggles in their common cause for civil rights. Fascinating and engaging, Chasing Freedom is undoubtedly a one-of-its-kind masterpiece.
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