Boston : Houghton Mifflin,
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to die on the gallows for stealing a pail of milk! This almost happened
to an English dairymaid, but fortunately she was saved because she could
read! In 1683, the ability to read was so special that it was the
law that no one who could read the Bible could be executed for stealing.
Instead Molly Walsh was sentenced to work as an indentured servant in the
Maryland Colony in America. After seven years work as a servant on
a colonial plantation, Molly is free to start her own farm. She bought
a slave to help her with the heavy manual labor. Eventually, she
set him free, and then married him, which was against the law of the colony.
After all the hardship and struggle in her life, an even greater tragedy
struck when her children were very young, but Molly's strength and determination
keep the family together. Later, she became the grandmother of the
most famous African-American scientist of the colonial and early Federalist
times, a man of many accomplishments, Benjamin Banneker. This true
biography is an excellent choice for students who like history and historical
fiction. The beautiful illustrations will add much to your enjoyment of
the book. (Jeannie Bellavance firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Reader's Choice Awards)
Banneker, Benjamin, 1731-1806
Family -- Fiction
Farm life -- Fiction
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