Illustrated by Don Tate

From enslaved teenager to U.S. congressman in ten years

John Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave, but the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War promised African Americans in the South the freedom to work and learn as they saw fit. While many people there were unhappy with the changes, John Roy thrived in the new era. He was appointed to serve as Justice of the Peace and at age 25 was elected into the United States Congress, where he worked to ensure that the people he represented were truly free.

This biography, accompanied by Don Tate’s splendid illustrations, gives readers an in-depth look at the Reconstruction period through the life of one of the first African American congressmen.

50 pages
Ages 7-10
2015
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780802853790

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

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