The Price of Freedom: Staci's Recommendation
Did you know a small town in Ohio — Oberlin — stood up against slavery?
Do you know what happened to slaves who came to Oberlin?
Walk through the eyes of John Price traveling with a friend and a cousin; all three are former slaves heading toward Canada. Discover how a whole town came together and fought for one man.
The pictures alone are beautiful and realistic as you're reading along. —Staci
"The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery" by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
When John Price took a chance at freedom by crossing the frozen Ohio river from Kentucky into Ohio one January night in 1856, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was fully enforced in every state of the union. But the townspeople of Oberlin, Ohio, believed there that all people deserved to be free, so Price started a new life in town — until a crew of slave-catchers arrived and apprehended him. When the residents of Oberlin heard of his capture, many of them banded together to demand his release in a dramatic showdown that risked their own freedom. Paired for the first time, highly acclaimed authors Dennis and Judith Fradin and Pura Belpré award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez provide readers with an inspiring tale of how one man's journey to freedom helped spark an abolitionist movement.