Drawing on critical race theory, critical race feminism, critical multicultural analysis, and intertextuality this book examines how slavery is represented in contemporary children’s picture books. Through analysis of recently published picture books about slavery, Rogers discusses how these books engage with and respond to the historiography of the institution of slavery. Exploring how contemporary writers and illustrators have represented the institution of slavery, Rogers presents a critical and responsible approach for reading and using picture books in K-12 classrooms and demonstrates how these picture books about slavery continue to perform important cultural work.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Slavery on Their Minds
Chapter 2: Framing a Method to Examine Picture Book About Slavery
Chapter 3: Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
Chapter 4: Moses: When Harriet Led Her People to Freedom
Chapter 5: Freedom’s a-Callin me
Chapter 6: I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
Chapter 7: January’s Sparrow
Chapter 8: Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog
Chapter 9: I Want to be Free
Chapter 10: Show Way
Chapter 11: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Chapter 12: Conclusion
Raphael E. Rogers is Associate Professor of Practice in the Education Department at Clark University, USA.