- When Elizabeth was born (Robert and Hannah's first-born child), she was considered to be the property of Hannah's master. During that time in our history, African-American children technically did not belong to their parents. There were not even really considered to be individuals themselves; merely a piece of property, just like a home, a piece of land, or even something as simple as a pair of shoes. What do you think that would have been like? Do you feel like you are a piece of property? (Additional history can also be outlined here in regards to additional children's rights in the 1900's.)
- As a slave, Smalls was required to fight for a cause he did not believe in . . . slavery and the superiority of one race. He made the choice to change this and fight for the cause that he did believe in . . . equality and justice for ALL. How do you think this affects you today? What is important to you when making your personal choices?
Obviously, this book and my personal questions above are targeted for an older crowd. The recommended age group is actually 6-11 years. Some questions and additional discussion topics I've addressed may be for the later recommended years.
Overall, Halfmann has brought us another great educational book! Small's story is an amazing and inspiring one. It is stories, real-life documentaries, just like this one that can help us all to better understand the struggles and the sacrifices that have been made, and ultimately, will help us to be able to truly recognize the greatness of ALL individuals, despite the differences that may exist. Afterall, President Barack Obama stated it beautifully in his inauguration address, "Our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness."
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