Biddy Mason speaks up

by White, Arisa,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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Building on the brilliance of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up , the newest installment in the Fighting for Justice series introduces young readers to another real-life champion for civil rights: Bridget "Biddy" Mason, an African American philanthropist, healer, and midwife who was born into slavery. When Biddy arrived in California, where slavery was technically illegal, she was kept captive by her owners and forced to work without pay. But when Biddy learned that she was going to be taken to a slave state, she launched a plan to win her freedom. She refused to be defined by her enslavement, and coauthors Arisa White and Laura Atkins devote much of their narrative to Biddy Mason's later life as a business and civic leader in the fledgling city of Los Angeles. Biddy Mason Speaks Up is an age-appropriate yet unflinching examination of slavery, racism, and community healing in the United States. Each chapter begins with lyrical verse and full-color illustrations that draw readers into the narrative, and is followed by visually engaging sections filled with keyword definitions, historical context, timelines, and primary sources. Throughout the book, the authors pose questions to the reader, such as "How do you see power at work in your community?", making Biddy Mason's story all the more relatable to the present day.
Plantation wounds
Stolen and carried away
Long walk west, 1848
Cottonwood, Utah
California dreaming
Freedom for some
Verdict, 1856
Living free
Building community.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Born into slavery, Biddy Mason learned midwifery and the healing powers of herbal medicines. When her Mississippi plantation owners, the Smiths, converted to Mormonism, they took Biddy and her children with them to Utah and eventually to California, a free state. Years later, after learning that the Smiths were planning to take Biddy and her children to Texas and back into slavery, her African American community came to her rescue. This entry in the Fighting for Justice series uses a multimodal approach to recount Biddy's life story, including speaking up and winning her freedom and becoming an influential Los Angeles land owner and philanthropist. Episodic chapters in verse are followed by nonfiction text that chunks information on Biddy, slavery, and related historical places and events. Together, they feature colorful depictions of Biddy's life, reproductions, period photographs, glossary words, time lines, and social justice question prompts. Photos and descriptions of healing herbs also tie the chapters together. A final section considers modern social justice issues related to Biddy's causes. The nontraditional format makes this an appealing biography.--Angela Leeper Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Fighting for justice.
Subjects Mason, Biddy, -- 1818-1891 -- Juvenile literature.
Mason, Biddy, -- 1818-1891.
Women slaves -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American midwives -- California -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Juvenile literature.
African American women -- California -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Freedmen -- California -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- Juvenile literature.
Women slaves -- Biography.
Slaves -- Biography.
African American women -- Biography.
African American midwives -- Biography.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
Freedmen -- Biography.
Frontier and pioneer life.
Publisher Berkeley, California :[2019]
Contributors Atkins, Laura, author.
Freeman, Laura (Illustrator), illustrator.
Language English
Description 105 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 97) and index.
ISBN 9781597144032
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