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Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle-a string of slaves- Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic "Book of Negroes." This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the…

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“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1947