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Maritcha

A Nineteenth-century American Girl
Bolden, Tonya (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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A biography of a remarkable black girl growing up in the mid-1800's in Manhatten, N.Y.
Authors: Bolden, Tonya
Title: Maritcha
a nineteenth-century American girl
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2005.
Characteristics: 47 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,26 cm.
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Summary: A biography of a remarkable black girl growing up in the mid-1800's in Manhatten, N.Y.
Local Note: 6 7 16 29 35 53 56 61 62 63 64 81 102 112 118 122 143 152 159 193 203 210 211 216 231 236 264 268 274 276
ISBN: 0810950456
Statement of Responsibility: Tonya Bolden
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 46).
Subject Headings: New York (State) Race relations Juvenile literature. New York (State) Social conditions 19th century Juvenile literature. New York (State) Social life and customs 19th century Juvenile literature. African Americans New York (State) New York Social life and customs 19th century Juvenile literature. Free African Americans New York (State) New York Biography Juvenile literature. African American girls New York (State) New York Biography Juvenile literature. Lyons, Maritcha Rémond, 1848-1929 Juvenile literature.
Topical Term: African Americans
Free African Americans
African American girls
LCCN: 2004005849
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May 17, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Consider the inherent difficulties in writing about a person's life from birth to young adulthood when you've hardly any factual evidence at your disposal and very little information to divulge simply because the time period was so long ago. Bolden made it even more difficult for herself when she decided to limit herself to looking only at Marticha's youth. Says Bolden, "Another decision my editor and I made at the outset was to limit the book's focus to Maritcha's youth, a period that the book's primary readership would identify with and find most interesting". To this end the author has done everything in her power to flesh out the story of a woman who's unpublished memoir Bolden stumbled over in the course of writing, "Tell All the Children Our Story". Given the scant materials at her disposal, Bolden has culled a one-of-a-kind tale out of the ashes of the past. Few authors can say so much.

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May 17, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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May 17, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Maritcha Remond Lyons was born a free black in 1848. Her home was lower Manhattan and her family and family friends were an amazing assortment of highly educated, noteworthy, and prominent free black families. Her mother and father ran a boardinghouse for black sailors that doubled as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Blacks were a particularly small portion of the New York City population at this moment in history but at least they were getting along until the Draft Riots hit. In 1863, as Maritcha turned fifteen, her family was forced to flee their home and leave New York altogether. From there on in the girl went on to make history. At the age of sixteen she spoke in front of the Rhode Island state legislature so that they would allow her to attend the school of her choice. When she grew up she became the assistant principal at Brooklyn's Public School No. 83 and wrote an unpublished memoir. The memoir, in turn, fell into the hands of author Tonya Bolden and the rest is "Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl".

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