The price of freedom : how one town stood up to slavery / Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin ; illustrated by Eric Velasquez.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Documents the efforts of an Ohio community to secure the freedom of escaped slave John Price, examining various aspects of Price's escape from Kentucky, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and the heroic showdown.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • ISBN:
      9780802721662 : HRD
      0802721664 : HRD
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Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1

The Oberlin-Wellington rescue—a little-known story from the annals of the American civil rights movement—finds cinematic exposition in this fast-paced, informative outing. Oberlin, Ohio, a sympathetic town resisting the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, became the home of many escaped slaves, including John Price, who arrived on the Underground Railroad from Kentucky, headed towards Canada, and settled down. When Price is kidnapped by a Kentucky slave hunter, the town rises up en masse to rescue him. Twenty men were tried, convicted, and jailed, and the conflict contributed to the unrest that led to the Civil War. The Fradins begin the story with Price's escape and passage, moving quickly to the central event that plays out across a single day, with time stamps marking the episodic scenes. Velasquez storyboards the drama with his detailed paintings, occasionally framed with wooden panels, posing his characters to highlight the action. Back matter includes a bibliography and sources for further research, and illustrations on the front and back endpapers offer meaningful context. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall

In 1856 John Price and two other Kentucky slaves escape to Ohio, a free state. John and his friend Frank decide to settle in the welcoming town of Oberlin. When John is captured by slave hunters, hundreds of Oberlinians mobilize to rescue the fugitive slave. The story is compelling, but some overgeneralizing is unfortunate. Velasquez's static illustrations quietly extend the story. Reading list, websites. Bib.

PW Reviews 2012 November #4

The Fradins (Zora:! The Life of Zora Neale Hurston) bring into focus an incident that solidified the reputation of Oberlin, Ohio, as a place that welcomed and aided runaway slaves in this detailed picture-book account. In the autumn of 1858, a large group of residents, now known as the Rescuers, defied the Fugitive Slave Law (which made it legal to capture runaway slaves anywhere in the U.S.) and dramatically freed former slave John Price from armed slave hunters. Though the Rescuers were eventually tried as criminals and served jail time, their unwavering belief in freedom for all people helped spark disagreements that led to the Civil War. The narrative reveals the authors' thorough research, though readers may have some difficulty keeping straight the large cast of characters. Velasquez (My Uncle Martin's Words for America) sets a tense tone from the outset, with striking, inky paintings of Price's initial escape under cover of night. His realistic portraits of Price and the townspeople of Oberlin convey powerful emotion and capture the clothing, architecture, and dangers of the era. Ages 7–9. (Jan.)

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