Last month I read a book called Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbone and it was written in1998. This book is based on a true story about a girl named Ann Maria Weems and her family. Her family members are slaves except her dad because he bought his freedom. The book takes place in Virginia before the Civil War. Her dad doesn’t want his family to be owned so he saves up his money to buy his family’s freedom, but the prices keep going up because their master didn’t want them to get freed.Their master also became a slave trader to get some more money. So the father went to New York and found a vigilance committee where they raise money to free slaves. The committee got enough money to buy the whole family but the prices kept going up for Ann. So Ann had no family at the plantation. Then one night Ann got “kidnapped” and she was forced to go into a wagon. The kidnappers took the bag off her head and right in front of her was someone from the committee who tried to buy her. This was the start of stealing freedom.They were running away………………..
When I read about the master trading slaves I thought about when we went to see the slave market in Charleston. I think that it was horrible that they thought of the slaves as property and that they treated the slaves badly and they broke up families, just like Ann’s family. When I read about the cabin that they lived in it reminded me of the slave cabins that we saw at Magnolia Plantation. The cabin had a dirt floor and a fire pit like Ann’s cabin. That was pretty much all they had except for hay mattresses. The slaves also had to fit over 10 people in the small cabin.
I think this book is great because I felt like I got to know a real person from history. People who like history and people who don’t think they like history should read it because it tells people about how bad slavery was and in an interesting way.