Come August Come Freedom The Bellows The Gallows and The Black General Gabriel An 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 Virgi

  • Title: Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel
  • Author: Gigi Amateau
  • ISBN: 9780763647926
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 seekersAn 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.

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    1. داستان تلخیه راجع به امید به آزادی و تلاش نافرجام یک برده برای فرار از جزیره Saint Domingue. داستان بر اساس حوادث واقعی در سال 1700 میلادی نوشته که به شرح زندگی یک برده در اون زمان می پردازه. نثر ساده ای داره و داستان سیر غیر خطی رو طی میکنه و متن هم سریع جلو میره.

    2. If you like historical fiction, then you should read Come August, Come Freedom, a story set in Richmond, Virginia in a time of post-Revolutionary fervor.With expertise, a poetic writing style and extensive primary source documents, the author uses factual historical events to tell the story of a planned but unsuccessful freedom seekers' insurrection led by Gabriel, an imposing and literate 24 year old African-American slave. She reimagines his childhood and his private life and gives shape and l [...]

    3. In 1800, in Richmond, Virginia, a twenty-four-year-old literate slave known as Prosser’s Gabriel planned an insurrection involving thousands of African-Americans freedom seekers. The rebellion did not succeed – a mixture of bad weather and betrayal prevented the revolt from even starting – and Gabriel, as well as a few of his co-conspirators, was executed. Come August, Come Freedom was inspired by this moment in history and is a reimagining of Gabriel’s early life as well as his motivati [...]

    4. Author: Gigi AmateauPublished By: Candlewick Press Age Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena DeanBook Blog For: GMTARating: 4Review:"Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel was really some read for me. As I continued my read I wondered if I could make it through it and I did. This author did a wonderful job with this storyline. I will say she did a great job with all the characters that really added much to "Come August, Come Freedom. I felt that this w [...]

    5. I loved this book! I found myself completely immersed in the time period of Revolutionary War America and completely drawn in by all the characters and by the charismatic Gabriel in particular. In a book that could be in danger of instructing us what to think, Gigi Amateau wisely and beautifully lets Gabriel's story reveal itself via her characters. COME AUGUST, COME FREEDOM is a compelling read and a gripping story about an important moment in American and Virginian history. In addition -- it's [...]

    6. I love this book for so many reasons: I've always been interested in the revolutionary time period, and the author does a masterful job of slipping you right down in that place in history. The characters really come alive; I fell in love with Gabriel, and loved that he was a well educated slave with fire in his belly. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical books that take you far back in time but drive right to the heart, since the heart is timeless.

    7. A wonderful book about a significant and almost legendary event in American history. Amateau takes legend back into truth and shows us the people at the heart of one of the most significant slave uprisings ever. And she brings the era to life in a way I've seen no other writer do.

    8. I enjoyed reading this story about freedom, betrayal, and love. Gigi Amateau did a wonderful job articulating the harsh reality of slavery for men, women, and the children. Her words made you vividly imagine the whippings, the grueling plantation work, and the complete disregard for slave's lives. I enjoyed how the author explored the gift and the curse of being a literate slave. To be able to read and comprehend the world only makes one conscious of what is fundamentally wrong with it. Gabriel [...]

    9. I really admire both the historical accuracy and both I and people in my book club really loved the FAQ and explanations of which were true events and which were fictional. Gigi Amateau uses beautiful concepts in the plot & phrases things beautifully. The only issue I had while reading is knowing the antagonist dies in the end, but not knowing how hard it would be to read about. It gave me anxiety. Then at the end I was like really?! He doesn't even get to try? It is anticlimactic. So that's [...]

    10. Reading for JSD Literature Selection Committee (4 of 5 books for the meeting in May 2017).3.5 - 4.0 so I'll round up. Historical fiction with authentic original documents scattered throughout. "a remarkable moment in our past that is little known but should be long remembered."

    11. Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. NielsenRecommended for: Ages 13 and Up for frank depictions of the brutality of slavery including physical violence, lynchings and suggestions of rape and sexual abuse. One Word Summary: Wrenching. With Come August, Come Freedom, Gigi Amateau delivers a heart rendering piece of historical fiction that breathes life into this true tale in a way that a textbook never could. The story of Gabriel and his slave uprising, while certainly not a fun read, is made [...]

    12. This beautiful but tragic story is based on actual events relating to the slave Gabriel, who had the temerity, in 18th Century Virginia, to dream of freedom.The author imagines Gabriel’s interior life, based on what is known about his actual circumstances. Born into slavery on a tobacco plantation in 1776, Gabriel was taught to read and write. As he grew up and acquired the skills of a blacksmith, he was also hired out to Richmond to bring in more money for his master. There he interacted with [...]

    13. Quick read, historical fiction. Based on the true story of Gabriel, a slave in the late 1700's in Virginia, who organized a rebellion against the local slave owners and others who oppressed freedom of Black slaves. It was surprisingly good - the reader gets drawn in quickly by the story, and you see how the author weaves and fills in areas to the story that cannot be known.

    14. While selecting books to read, I was intrigued to see that this was historical fiction set in 1800 and focusing on a slave revolt in Virginia, drawing inspiration from authentic primary sources to tell a moving story.As I said, I loved the synopsis for this book and thought it was right up my alley as a student of American history. This wasn't my time period and I had never heard of this particular planned slave rebellion inspired by the Haitian revolution. Unfortunately I had a lot of trouble w [...]

    15. Summary:Gabriel is a slave that becomes an apprentice for a blacksmith. While he is attempting to make and save money, he is unable to purchase his love. Because of this, he plots a slave rebellion which ends up with thousands of participants seeking freedom. While the slave rebellion does not end with the freedom of all, mostly because of weather, Gabriel does give life and passion to many African-Americans. As noted within the title, Gabriel's life is cut short by the gallows, but his life cha [...]

    16. I admit, I do feel guilt over reading about the work of important historical figures and then snubbing it. But I've done it before and here I am doing it again. Gigi Amateau pulls a figure out of history, tells his story, and somehow in the process completely neglects the storyteller's art. This is a book that will probably be defended with passionate cries of "Butbutbut it's history!"Sorry, but that's not enough for me.With all due respect to the Black General, this book is completely dry and l [...]

    17. This book follows the early life of Gabriel, an African American slave and blacksmith in Richmond, Virginia. The book spans the years 1777-1800 and culminates with Gabriel's attempt to stage a rebellion against the white slave owners of Richmond. When Gabriel was nine, he was sent away to learn a trade in the city, separated from his family on the plantation. In Richmond, his ideas about freedom took shape as he brushed shoulders with a variety of men. There he also met his future wife, Nanny, a [...]

    18. Not a bad read; written more like free form poetry than a fictional story. There's not always continuous thought and it jumps quickly between times. Otherwise Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel is an accurate presentation of the depressing reality of slavery and the constant tension between the slaves and their masters. It's not exactly a heart felt story that uses emotional pull to make a point. It often contains factual content historically speak [...]

    19. Despite living in central Virginia for the past 14 of my 18 years, I'd never heard of Gabriel. So when I read the description and saw that it was barely over 200 pages, I picked it up at my library when it was being spotlighted for Black History Month.From the beginning Gabriel's story interested me. His courage and his valiant attempt to fight oppression in 1800 is admirable. However, Gigi Amateau's writing seemed a little basic and safe for such a harsh subject. She wrote her characters well, [...]

    20. I really loved this book! I'm normally not a fan of historical fiction, but this was exceptional. I would definitely recommend it to a 6-8 grader, however, high school and adults will enjoy it as well. Being from the Richmond area, it was especially great to know the places discussed in the book, and knowing Young's Spring is where the water ponds are in Bryan Park. One of the "streets" in Bryan Park is named Gabriel Prosser's Way. I was very lucky to have attended an outdoor play in BP a few ye [...]

    21. I'm not sure this book is well placed in the Teen category, ages 12 and up. I know teens know more about sex these days than I did growing up, but many allusions to the treatment of female slaves during the period are downright confusing because they are so obliquely referenced. Perhaps as fodder for discussion in a class that goes into more particulars about slave life, it would have more meaning. As a historical novel, however, I found it to be lacking, although the inclusion of actual adverti [...]

    22. I am not as up on Black history or even multicultural history as I should be, and that is a tragedy because history fascinates me and it’s not all dead white dudes. When a book about black history crosses my radar, especially a historical fiction young adult book, I try to get my hands on it and read it. I’ve got a pretty powerful platform to promote books about diversity and multicultural books, and so I use it. Thus, when Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows And The Black Ge [...]

    23. Beautifully written. Based on Gabriel, a slave from 1776. Based on documents from the actual time period, a story has been woven. One that will ignite a fire in you, as well as break your heart.I love books like this that draw from history, but a story has been woven as well. Gabriel just doesn't want to save his true love, he wants to free all the slaves.I haven't ever heard of Gabriel's story, but that is what a good author does. Brings stories out that aren't commonly known, and makes them kn [...]

    24. I was disappointed in this historical fiction novel which deals with a fascinating and little-known story of an actual slave revolt in 1800 in the United States. The story was not as suspenseful and engrossing as I thought it could have been. It should have been a riveting story given the historical facts but somehow the author did not get us that engaged with the characters. I did like how she included original source documents in the text, which provides some historical context, but it was dif [...]

    25. The story of Gabriel, a slave born in 1777, is told for the first time in Amateau’s historical fiction tale of his life. Using imagined thoughts, along with primary source documents of the period. Amateau tells of slave life on a Virginia plantation during the height of the Revolutionary War. Read the rest of my review on my blog "Should I read it or not?": shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c

    26. The writing is poetic and beautiful, the research appears highly credible and thorough and does a great job showing the lives of slaves and the injustice of slavery. The love between Gabriel & Nanny's is exquisite and haunting. Even the title is impressive! I really liked it, but I did not love it. It did not work for me as fiction. Too sketchy in places, and I felt Gabriel was too old for the main character of a novel for young people.

    27. Powerful historical fiction regarding an event I knew nothing about. In 1800, Gabriel, a slave in Virginia organized and led thousands of other slaves on an ill-fated rebellion. The author did extensive research and her book is enhanced showing documents and newspaper articles. This YA book would be an excellent choice for teachers to use as a companion source when studying events leading to the Civil War and African American history.

    28. A fascinating subject, I wanted to love this book. And I did love the characters. But the uneven pacing (some events were told in great detail, but then years would pass in a paragraph) made this book alternately drag and then race by. Amateau succeeded in making me want to know more, however, about this amazing historical figure, and I suspect that most young readers will feel the same.

    29. It was definitely interesting reading about an event in American history that I'd never heard about before. Unfortunately, the actually story written about was often boring, and most of the exciting parts were glossed over fairly quickly, and most of the side characters were either thinly drawn or I couldn't even keep track of.

    30. In this book for younger readers (12 and up), Gigi Amateau tells the beautiful story of a failed slave rebellion in 1800. The story is largely imagined, and yet it is clearly based on meticulous research, and it sheds light on a historical event with which I was not familiar.See my full review: Review of Come August, Come Freedom

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