Author Linda Lowery chronicles the extraordinary–but little-known–life of black pioneer Aunt Clara Brown. Aunt Clara bought herself out of slavery, crossed the country on foot to reach the frontier, became a wealthy entrepreneur, aided other freed slaves, and eventually tracked down her lost daughter, sold away from Clara 47 years before. An inspiring piece of American history.
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Gr. 5-8. Born a slave in Virginia, Clara Brown moved with her owners to Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas. Free at age 56, Brown moved westward, where she started a laundry, accumulated a fortune in real estate, and became the only female member of Denver's Pioneer Association. All the while, Brown searched continuously for her daughter Eliza Jane, and the two were finally reunited in 1882. Slavery left few primary sources, so Lowery has embroidered history. Speculation about Brown is based on historical research, but anecdotes and specific facts are not tied to the appended list of sources. This biography is also a portrait of the westward movement, with clear explanations of historical events and ideas. Ironically, Lowery's book for younger students, Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer (Carolrhoda, 1999), provides a slightly different time line. This engrossing biography is a worthy supplement for multicultural and western history collections. Linda Perkins
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“Lowery has not only told Aunt Clara Brown’s compelling story; in this book, she has also told part of the American story.”—School Library Journal, Starred
“Lively, well written, and full of historical detail. A fine work for biography fans and a necessity for American history collections.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Book Description Random House Books for Young R, 2002. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110375910921