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Come August, Come Freedom

The Bellows, The Gallows, And The Black General Gabriel

By Gigi Amateau, 1964-

An 1800 insurrection planned by a literate slave known as "Prosser’s Gabriel" inspires a historical novel following one extraordinary man’s life.

In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old slave named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African- American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel’s blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabriel’s early life. But here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a mother’s devotion, a father’s passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white master’s son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabriel’s love for his wife-to-be, Nanny, a slave woman whose freedom he worked tirelessly, and futilely, to buy. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.

Format

Book

Availability

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  • TF Amateau, Teen Fiction

Publish Date

2012

ISBN

9780763647926


Format: Book
Author: Amateau, Gigi, 1964-
Summary: Imagines the childhood and youth of "Prosser's Gabriel", a courageous and intelligent blacksmith in post-Revolutionary Richmond, Virginia, who roused thousands of African-Americans slaves like himself to rebel.
Title: Come August, come freedom : the bellows, the gallows, and the black general Gabriel / Gigi Amateau.
Publisher Date: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, 2012.
Subject: Prosser, Gabriel, ca. 1775-1800 -- Teen fiction. Slavery -- Teen fiction. African Americans -- Teen fiction. Slave insurrections -- Teen fiction. Virginia -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Teen fiction.
Isbn: 9780763647926 (hardback) 0763647926 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: TF Amateau
Oclc: 776519930
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Bib Id: 420801

Format: Book
Author: Amateau, Gigi, 1964-
Summary: Imagines the childhood and youth of "Prosser's Gabriel", a courageous and intelligent blacksmith in post-Revolutionary Richmond, Virginia, who roused thousands of African-Americans slaves like himself to rebel.
Title: Come August, come freedom : the bellows, the gallows, and the black general Gabriel / Gigi Amateau.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, 2012.
Description: 231 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Prosser, Gabriel, ca. 1775-1800 -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Slavery -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: African Americans -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Slave insurrections -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Virginia -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Teen fiction.
LCCN: 2011048342
ISBN: 9780763647926 (hardback)
ISBN: 0763647926 (hardback)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: TF Amateau