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Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

Maritcha A Nineteenth Century American Girl A much needed window into a little documented time in black history Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha R mond Lyons who was born and raised in New York City this poignant story tells what

  • Title: Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
  • Author: Tonya Bolden
  • ISBN: 9780810950450
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A much needed window into a little documented time in black history Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha R mond Lyons, who was born and raised in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery Everyday experiences are interspersed with high point moments, such as visiting the U.S s first world sA much needed window into a little documented time in black history Based on an actual memoir written by Maritcha R mond Lyons, who was born and raised in New York City, this poignant story tells what it was like to be a black child born free during the days of slavery Everyday experiences are interspersed with high point moments, such as visiting the U.S s first world s fair Also included are the Draft Riots of 1863, when Maritcha and her siblings fled to Brooklyn while her parents stayed behind to protect their home The book concludes with her fight to attend a whites only high school in Providence, Rhode Island, and her triumphant victory, making her the first black person in its graduating class.The book includes photographs of Maritcha, her family, and friends, as well as archival and contemporary maps, photographs, and illustrations.Author Bio Tonya Bolden s books have received acclaim from organizations such as the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, and from publications like School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly.

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    1. I found this book when I started searching other titles by one of my “go to” authors Tonya Bolden. The book is put together in a way I’d like to explore with 4th-6th grade students. The author’s purpose is to tell the story of Maritcha’s childhood in New York City as a free-black during the mid-1800’s AND to describe the people, places, events that Maritcha “may have” experienced based on other historical artifacts, writings of that period. For example, Bolden knows that Maritcha [...]

    2. Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl is the perfect example and lesson for middle graders learning about American history, historical research, and primary source documents. After reading the 1928 memoir of Maritcha Remond Lyon, author Tonya Bolden gifted the world with her beautiful life-story, enriching our understanding life and race relations in pre and post civil war lower Manhattan. Maritcha recalled the wonders of witnessing America's first official baseball game, Knickerbockers v [...]

    3. An incredibly charming work of non-fiction, with great pictures! I could seriously look at the portraits of Maritcha's family all day, they're such lovely photographs. My only real complaint is a silly, minor one: I hate, hate, hate the fonts used in this book. They're decorative enough to be distracting and they don't match each other in weight or style, enough so that I found the book weirdly hard to read. If they'd just used plainer typesetting, I'd probably give this book five stars.

    4. I enjoyed reading this and the photos are a nice addition. However, I really didn't get a sense of who Maritcha was.

    5. Summary: I really can't make this sound interesting. I have thought about it for about 10 minutes, but I can't make it sound too interesting. If you are a fan of biographies then you will enjoy this book as you follow Maritcha and her family within New York/ modern day Manhattan.Analysis: Within the picture book biography, we see pictures of her, her family, and some of the things she was a part of throughout her life. The book doesn't feel like a story told through words, but it felt has if it [...]

    6. This is more of an autobiography then a children’s book because of the historical significance and artifacts presented. I learned so much about Mariechia and her family.

    7. what I really liked about this book was that it's a story of a free black girl in new York. for my daughter, and her class, the environment will be very familiar to them, since it's pretty near to where they grew up. it's also great to have a girl who resembles so much of the population social studies they only seem to read about slavery when there was, at least in the north, a pretty substantial free black population. bolden mentions historical figures like Frederick douglass, who are more fami [...]

    8. I was drawn immediately to the photograph of Maritcha on the cover. I just love old photos and Maritcha looks so lovely and composed. There are several more photos of family members, her sister in what appears to be the exact same dress (or at least fabric and pattern) but seeming more timid. Maritcha's life begins as a freeborn black child in New York City before the Civil War. Her father and grandfather owned property in Seneca Village, one of the areas razed to make room for Central Park (an [...]

    9. Fascinating look into the life of a young woman born in 1848 in New York City. Central Park exists because whole villages were destroyed. Maritcha's grandparents and parents owned property in Seneca Village, along with black, Irish, German and Native American residents. The residents were on their way to building a stable community with 3 churches and a school. Their property was taken because of plans for what one man called "nineteenth-century America's greatest work of art" the 800+ acre Cent [...]

    10. Almost too short for its own good, the story chronicles the early life of Maritcha who was born in 1848 in New York City. In her later years, she penned a memoir that was roughly kept and then passed to historians, where Bolden took her story as well as others to chronicle black life in the North. Then, she became interested in knowing more about her situation-- how she was raised, what she contributed to society, and what her family did and how they were treated. It's the story of perseverance [...]

    11. I really liked this book, it is just an amazing story. What I liked best about this book is that it is the story of a person that I believe is not well known all over the country, but it is apparent from her life that she had a hugely positive impact on many people. She become a successful educator and had the chance to pass on her experiences to young boys and girls in her community. It is also very special that the biography used quotes from Maritcha's life from the memoirs she wrote. This bio [...]

    12. I don't think I had ever read anything about free blacks in the North during the nineteenth century, so was very interested to read about Maritcha's experiences as a young girl. The use of photographs and illustrations from the time period was very effective. Overall, this was an interesting, well-presented story of a young girl.For some reason, I just felt that this book was missing something. I didn't really feel as if I had any sort of sense of who Maritcha was. A good biography should make m [...]

    13. This book is about a little girl named Maritcha and her life as a free African American girl during the time of slavery. The book follows the girl from the time she is born until she becomes the first African American in her graduating class at an all white school.This book was super great and very informative on what it was like to be a free African American during the time of slavery. I enjoyed how some of the pictures were actual pictures.This book would be interesting to discuss with a class [...]

    14. Upon reading the first few pages, my decision to 'teach' history through literature was confirmed: Books (both fiction and non-fiction) do a better job at generating interest in the thousands of people and topics that have been omitted from traditional textbooks.This is an amazing story about a family of freed blacks living and prospering in New York before, during, and after the Civil War. Although blacks had more freedoms than slaves, they were not their own set of unique challenges. I would r [...]

    15. I always find myself in the children's section of the library, well, with my children. I do find some fascinating books and this book is included as one fascinating read.Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl is an account of the life of an African American girl born free in New York in 1848. Author Tonya Bolden tells part of Maritcha’s story using her unpublished memoir and historical details about her family and life in New York and New England, including the Draft Riots of 1863. A qui [...]

    16. This book was inspired by a typewritten memoir the author discovered at the Schomburg Center. Maritcha grew up in lower Manhattan where her family ran a boarding house that was part of the city's "striving class of blacks in the mid 1800s." Maritcha loved school and study. But a violent riot over the Civil War draft chased thousands of blacks from NYC, including Maritcha's family which settled in Rhode Island. The never-married Maritcha went on to become a teacher in Brooklyn.

    17. The book had a lot of intriguing and factual information. However, this picture book in my opinion is very dense. Although the pictures are colorful and big, the print is small and there are 34 pages with at least 300 words on every page. This is not a book that a teacher could read to the class, but instead a student would need to choose specific sections to read, or read the whole book over a period of time. The youngest age-group for this book would be fourth grade, in my opinion.

    18. Well-written biography of young black girl who was born mid-1800's in NYC, but was forced to flee to Rhode Island. Bio is written based on Maritcha Remond Lyons' memoirs: Memories of Yesterdays: All of Which I Saw and Part of Which I Was (dated 1928). This young girl was gifted with incredible determination to reach her goals.

    19. Don't let the look deceive you, this is a history book NOT a pretty read-aloud story. There are no illustrations, only primary source photos and prints. It was a really interesting history of a free-black family in NYC during the mid-19th century.

    20. The life of a free black girl in Civil War-era New York City.Well deserving of the Coretta Scott King Award.

    21. Very well-researched and beautiful book. I'm just not much for portraits of Victorian girls, I guess.

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