“It does a man no good to be free until he learns how to live.” Born a prince in Africa, Amos Fortune believed he must live to serve his people. When Amos was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at an auction.
Although he was captured and brought to the United States as a slave, Amos never forgot his high calling. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends. By the time he was sixty years old, Amos Fortune began to see those dreams come true. In spite of his circumstances, Amos lived his life as a testimony to freedom – the freedom that can only come from faith in God.
Amos Fortune: Free Man is a Newbery Award winner that is based on a true story.