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Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Slaves Took on the World

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781554517473
Author(s): Kathy Lowinger
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Annick Press
Dimensions: 173 x 241 x 15 (w x l x h)
Pages: 146
Pages: 12-14

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Changing minds one song at a time. The 1800s were a dangerous time to be a black girl in the United States, especially if you were born a slave. Ella Sheppard was such a girl, but her family bought their freedom and moved to Ohio where slavery was illegal; they even scraped enough money together to send Ella to school and buy her a piano. In 1871, when her school ran out of money and was on the brink of closure, Ella became a founding member of a traveling choir, the Jubilee Singers, to help raise funds for the Fisk Free Colored School, later known as Fisk University. Framed within Ella's inspiring story, Give Me Wings! is narrative nonfiction at its finest, taking readers through one of history's most tumultuous and dramatic times, touching on the Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction Era.

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