LITERATURE
Bryan, Ashley

Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

(1) 4-6 Bryan restores humanity to ten real-life slaves listed for sale on an 1828 document (plus one fictional slave), giving them ages, African names, relationships, talents, and dreams. Each individual receives two spreads of poetry: the first serves as introduction (accompanied by a wood carving–like portrait, suggesting the mask each wears for day-to-day life on the plantation); the second (illustrated in brilliant colors) is devoted to his or her dreams.

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