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Step by Step; or Tidy's Way to Freedom, published by the American Tract Society, is a heartwarming and inspiring story that captures the essence of determination, hope, and the pursuit of freedom. Set against the backdrop of the abolitionist movement, the book takes readers on an emotional journey that explores the notion of personal liberation.

The novel introduces us to the protagonist, Tidy, a young enslaved girl whose unwavering spirit and strength of character are at the forefront of the narrative. As readers delve into Tidy's life, they are transported to the harsh conditions of the antebellum South, witnessing the countless hardships she endures under the cruel institution of slavery.

What truly makes this book exceptional is the author's ability to weave historical facts and events seamlessly into the story. The American Tract Society, known for their dedication to promoting Christian values and social action, offers a poignant reflection on the abolitionist movement and its impact on the lives of enslaved individuals. Through Tidy's experiences, the reader gains a deeper understanding of the realities faced by those seeking freedom during this tumultuous period in American history.

The pacing of the plot is engaging, as the author maintains a delicate balance between evoking empathy for Tidy's situation and driving the story forward. While the prose is simple and accessible, it effectively conveys the emotional weight of the narrative, evoking a genuine response from the reader. The characters are well developed, particularly Tidy, who serves as an inspirational figure throughout the novel. Her determination to seek freedom, despite the challenges and dangers that lie ahead, is commendable and serves as a source of empowerment for readers.

Step by Step; or Tidy's Way to Freedom not only offers an enriching narrative but also serves as a call to action. The book instills in its readers the importance of empathy, understanding, and fighting against systems of oppression. It exposes the harrowing reality of slavery while encouraging readers to actively participate in the ongoing struggle for social justice.

In conclusion, Step by Step; or Tidy's Way to Freedom is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that renders an important chapter of American history. It sheds light on the complexities of slavery, the human spirit's resilience, and the power of hope. The American Tract Society's contribution to this narrative makes it a valuable piece of literature that educates, inspires, and reminds us of the importance of equality for all.

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STEP BY STEP

OR

TIDY'S WAY TO FREEDOM.

"Woe to all who grind Their brethren of a common Father down! To all who plunder from the immortal mind Its bright and glorious crown!" WHITTIER.

[colophon omitted]

Published By The

American Tract Society,

28 Cornhill, Boston.

Transcriber's Note: I have removed page numbers; all italics are emphasis only. I have omitted running heads and have closed contractions, e.g. "she 's" becoming "she's"; in addition, on page 180, stanza 3, line 1, I have changed the single quotation mark at the beginning of the line to a double quotation mark.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by THE AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Riverside, Cambridge:

Stereotyped And Printed By H. O. Houghton.

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. INTRODUCTION. . . . . . 5 II. THE BABY. . . . . 13 III. SUNSHINE. . . . . 24 IV. SEVERAL EVENTS. . . . 36 V. A NEW HOME. . . . . 43 VI. BEGINNINGS OF KNOWLEDGE. 50 VII. FRANCES. . . . . 62 VIII. PRAYER. . . . . 75 IX. THE FIRST LESSON... Continue reading book >>




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