I thought my soul would rise and fly book summary
I Thought My Soul Would Rise And Fly by Fernide Lafrance on PreziI received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This chapter book is part of the Dear America series from Scholastic with a story based from the viewpoint of a young, recently freed slave girl in Mars Bluff, South Carolina, in I just kept wanting to cry throughout this story, but I had to laugh as well, for Patsy had everyone fooled. It breaks my heart to read how badly she wants to be part of a family, to be loved, to be wanted.
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl
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RSS Feeds. A few months after Congress ratified the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, life for Patsy, a freed girl, hasn't changed a great deal. She still lives on the plantation where she was raised since infancy and works in the house of her former master and mistress. Patsy is thought to be dim-witted by all those around her, because she has a stutter and walks with a limp. Little do they know that Patsy secretly taught herself to read and write by dusting the library while the children of the house were receiving their lessons. She still sneaks into the library every chance she gets to read her favorite books. With emancipation official, the Freedmen's Bureau is promising that teachers will come and a real school will open on the plantation to educate the black children.
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It was the seventh book in Scholastic's Dear America. The book was published in October and republished in July with new cover art. They ran over when I reached the arbor. I felt as though my soul would rise and fly, as our song says. We walked together to the spinning house.
What was it like to be a slave one day and be free the next? What do you do with that freedom when slavery is all you've known? How does it feel to be thought of as a slow dunce only to carry inside you a fire for learning, a love for books, and the secret that you can read and write? The idea for Hansen's addition to the Dear America series came to her while she was working on another book. She says, "A few years ago when I was writing a nonfiction book on Reconstruction, I read the diary of a woman, Emma Holmes, who had lived in Charleston, South Carolina, during and after the Civil War. In a May entry, she describes a servant girl, a former slave, named Ann. She wrote that Ann was 'lame, solitary, very dull, slow, timid, and friendless.