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TWO FOR FREEDOM
JACK ARABUS
FREDERICK DOUGLASS
"I never wanted to be no soldier, but then ​I wasn't fond of being a slave neither." 
"Only think of it:  one hundred miles straight north, and I am free!  Try it?  Yes!  God helping me, I will."
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With these words, Jack Arabas makes the fateful decision to fight for his master in the Revolutionary War.  It is a decision that will take him from the battlefield to a courtroom in New Haven, Connecticut.  There his long struggle for freedom will finally be resolved.  An ordinary man placed in extraordinary circumstances, Jack Arabas is someone your students will not soon forget.
Frederick Douglass spent the first 21 years of his life as a slave in Maryland.  In a stirring speech to a group of abolitionists in 1841, he relived his life as a slave and told how he gained his freedom.  This speech starts him on a long and distinguished career seeking freedom and justice for all African Americans.​  Frederick Douglass spent the first 21 years of his life as a slave in Maryland. 
NEW ENGLAND WOMEN
GOODY BASSETT
HANNAH FREEMAN
"Our little village is now a living museum ​and I'm the main attraction."

​​"I have always been a woman who speaks her mind."

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​Hannah Freeman, a composite of several real Shaker women, joined this small but influential sect as an orphan girl and lived through the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, two events that had a profound effect on the Shaker communities.  She recalls these and other events as a very old woman.
Goody Bassett, better known as "The Stratford Witch," was a victim of witch hysteria that swept colonial Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 1600s.  Her terrible trial took place half a century before the famous witch trials at Salem, Massachusetts.
PHYLLIS WHEATLEY
Black Poet of Boston
BRAGGARTS, BULLDOGGERS & DESPERADOES:  The Black Cowboys
​"I came here to die today . . . not to make a speech"
"I was born free and I died free.  In between I was a slave."
These are the words of Cherokee Bill, outlaw and killer, just before he was hanged at Ft. Smith, Arkansas in 1896.  This black Billy the Kid is just one of the three fascinating, real-life black cowboys of the American West whom students will meet in this exciting program.  They will also encounter:

Nat Love,  better known in cow country as Deadwood Dick, is the only black cowboy known to have written his autobiography -- a rollicking mixture of fact and fiction.  

Bill Pickett, one of the West's greatest rodeo performers, transformed the dangerous event of bulldogging into a fine art.

Each of these characters is introduced by Sam, an old black cowboy who claims to have known them all.  Students will not only learn about the contributions of the black cowboys, but gain a deeper understanding of the Western experience from the cattle drives and the boom towns to the Wild West shows
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Phillis Wheatley was the first African American to publish a book and only the second woman in the American colonies to do so.  She achieved her fame despite impossible odds.  Captured as a child in her native West Africa, Phillis was brought as a slave to America and sold to a well-to-do Boston family who treated her with kindness and encouraged her gift for writing poetry.  She soon became the sensation of Boston -- while a trip to England spread her fame abroad.  On her return, she was granted her freedom -- a precarious thing in an America that, despite its fight for independence, was still racist.