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Henry’s Freedom Box

Elementary, Middle


The books tells the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom.  After watching his family be sold as slaves,  Brown visits an abolitionist who figures out a way to protect Henry from the impending slave auction.  He is packed inside of a crate and shipped to a place where there was no slavery.  The story depicts his journey through treacherous conditions to his eventual freedom.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book can serve as a powerful tool to teach students about the history of the slave trade in North America and the impact that it had on individual lives. 

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Themes Addressed

  • Human Health & Environment (1)

    • Quality of Life
  • Human Rights (3)

    • Cultural Diversity
    • Refugees and Immigration
    • Social Justice