Freeman is a book that takes place right after the American Civil War when millions of slaves are now freemen. Leonard Pitts paints a detailed picture of what these former slaves had to endue during the aftermath of war and the end of slavery.
After the Civil War the South was in turmoil. New groups were forming like that of the Ku Klux Klan in order to subdue black people. It was a perilous time in the American South.
Sam Freeman is a former slave who move to Philadelphia and worked as a librarian. Sam has a decent life and is treated fairly, but one thing in his life is missing his wife Tilda. Tilda was a salve up until the war ended and Sam is determined to reunite with his wife. The book will journey through what Sam and other former salves had to face during their pursuits and the racism they would endue.
We also are introduced to Prudence Kent who is a fierce abolitionist. She will venture down to Mississippi after the war and open a school for freed slaves, Prudence and her companion will face tough resistance from the white townsfolk. One man will cause her much trouble a James McFarland who is notorious for hunting down and killing former slaves and those who assist them.
A good story about the hardships of former slaves and those who reached out to help them after the turbulent Civil War. Freeman will leave the reader with inspiration and determination.
Best part of story, including ending:
That all people can endure hardships and trials and can rise above them.
Best scene in story:
When Prudence Kent and her companion just arrived to Mississippi and the culture shock they had.
Opinion about the main character:
Sam is a very noble man who deeply loves his wife and love love never left him.