What I enjoyed about this book the most was the depth of the journey.
Through this book the reader is able to begin the journey in Jamestown, Va. where the family was enslaved and witness the Jim Crow era through their eyes as well. I have recently wanted to research my family history. This book has increased my desire to do so. Mr. Murphy has done something amazing. He gave his family life!
It’s reading style was easy and would be beneficial for history buffs, genealogists, and the like. It would also be a great add to school reading lists. This book was a reflection of the love Mr. Murphy has for his family. It readily seeped through each page. I truly recommend this book to all readers. It’s hard to put down once you start reading it and it’s worth it. I look forward to Mr. Murphy’s next book.
(I loved the cover!!)
FREEDOM ROAD is an historic account of America's oldest recorded African American family, and their participation and rich contributions to American history over a four hundred year period. FREEDOM ROAD is a compilation of well-documented individual stories that begins in Africa in 1483, and from there, spans over fifteen generations and three continents, and definitively changes our understanding of American history, showcasing the significant role that one African American family has played from colonial American history to present day. This book is an exciting and compelling American saga that captivates readers with the story of the enslavement of John Gowen, one of the first Africans brought to America, and the first to be set free; the story of Thomas and Rebecca Cornell, forced to leave England because of their religious beliefs, and how they became known as the family of Presidents; and the story of the daring escape of Othello and Thomas Fraction from their cruel, vindictive slave master, himself the brother of a Confederacy Senator and the son of a Virginia governor. FREEDOM ROAD is enthralling, resounding, and evocative; it challenges the reader to have a better understanding of American history, and inspires them to learn about their own family history.
Review by By Stacey aka Coffey Brown on July 19, 2015 for BooksAndAuthor.com