Kentucky: Night Boat to Freedom

So…….  I’ve discovered something that’s a side effect of the books we’ve been reading.  My kids have decided because in all of the books with black people they’re always slaves or not allowed to do things, so they’ve decided it’s a bad thing because of that.  Here I thought I was showing how they’ve overcome so much and this is so great.


Instead, they think this is still their lot in life, and if you have dark skin you are still not allowed to check out library books like happened to Ron in “Ron’s Big Mission.”  So, I’m trying to figure out how to fix this.  They don’t seem to of noticed that our neighbor next door who they talk to on a regular basis has dark skin.  Or that several of the kids in their Sunday School class do as well.  All they remember is the books I read and how in those their slaves or discriminated against.


Food for thought for me.


All that because, it’s another book about the Underground Railroad.  I rather like this one. Widgets


The main character (whose name escapes me) rows slaves across the river to freedom each night.  When he gets back his grandmother asks “what was their freedom color?” and she adds that color cloth to her quilt she is making.




After reading that we had to make our own outfits for what we wore to freedom.  Princess wore red to freedom, and the boys both chose blue.



Now what really cracked me up about the boys outfits was the competition all of the boys there that day got into about their boats.  By the end of that activity those boys had the best armed row boats you’ve ever heard of.  Stealth missiles, ability to use the rockets to go faster, heat seekers.  Many countries would be jealous of the arms on these boats.


I’m gonna link this over to the geography linkie at All Things Beautiful and to

Shibley Smiles

7 thoughts on “Kentucky: Night Boat to Freedom

  1. Oh, the story of armed boats cracked me up too. I am still resisting serious attempts at history exactly for this reason – it seems too abstract to really register with someone very young. I think I am going to wait another year or two.

  2. Along the same lines of what Leah and Debbie said, have you read Princess Grace and Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman? They tie a modern-day girl back to her African roots in an empowering way.

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