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Encyclopedia > The Slave Dancer
Title The Slave Dancer
Author Paula Fox
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Children's novel
Publisher Bradbury Press
Released November 1973
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0878880623

The Slave Dancer is a children's book written by Paula Fox and published in 1973. It tells about the story of a boy who witnessed how grave the slave industry and trade was. The book not only does entail historical account, it also touches the emotional conflicts felt as slaves were transferred from Africa to other parts of the world. It received the Newbery Medal in 1974. Paula Fox (born April 22, 1923) is an American author. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Jane Frank: illustration from Thomas Yoseloffs The Further Adventures of Till Eulenspiegel (1957). ... Paula Fox (born April 22, 1923) is an American author. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...

Plot Summary

At the beginning of the book, a true historical account of a shipwreck was presented by the author which probably served as the baseline of the whole plot of the story.

The first page tells that there was a certain ship named The Moonlight which sank in the Gulf of Mexico, June 3, 1840. The officers of the ship were named as Captain Cawthorne-the master and Nicholas Spark as the Mate. The crew were enumerated as follows: Jessie Bollier, John Cooley, Adolph Curry, Louis Gardere, Ned Grime, Isaac Porter, Clay Purvis, Claudius Sharkey, Seth Smith, Benjamin Stout and Sam Wick. The cargo included 98 slaves coming from Africa whose names were only known by their families except for the boy named Ras. It was stated that there were only 2 survivors among the persons mentioned.

The story started with an errand given to Jessie, the main character of the novel, by her mother. Jessie's mother is a sewer and since they were a family poorer than a rat, he was sent to go to Aunt Agatha to borrow some candles because their oil lamps were out of gas. Jessie's father drowned at the Mississippi river when he was just four.

Preceded by
Julie of the Wolves
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
M. C. Higgins, the Great

  Results from FactBites:
Slave Dancer Essays - Crying Souls in The Slave Dancer (1950 words)
For these were places where Jessie had to 'dance the slaves' and where the captain and crew would spend many weeks living in fear of the slaves, of each other, and of getting caught.
The Slave Dancer is written in first person point of view, through Jessie's eyes, and projects a depressing, melancholy mood.
When the slaves danced Jessie recalls that, "It was like their feet didn't belong to them." They didn't belong to themselves anymore.
Slave Dancer Essays - An Emotional Slave in The Slave Dancer (775 words)
I found The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox, to be a very commendable historical fiction.
The Slave Dancer was a difficult book to get into, but it soon captured my interest and turned into an excellent, yet emotional, piece of literature.
He was slowly, throughout the story, transformed from an innocent young boy, captured and taken aboard a slave ship to play his fife to "dance the slaves", into a man who realizes the true meaning of friendship, life, survival, hardships, and love.
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