It was everywhere. You couldn’t talk about the revolution without using the word freedom in the same breath. But Gideon Jackson knew that freedom meant something different if your skin was black. Fast’s fictional account of the post Civil War era takes us into the life of Gideon Jackson, a black man, newly freed, and determined to make a difference.
The narrator was alright and the story was just moving, almost had me in tears
While a fictional account of reconstruction, Freedom Road touches on truths that occurred all over the south in the years after the Civil War. There are many tales from the Reconstruction era that are told in our history classes, but the most important ones will still remain to be included. Freedom Road is a great start for someone exploring this time period of American history.
Being African American this was a very hard book to read. I felt so many emotions. 100 Yeats was not long ago.
If you haven't ever read Freedom Road, give yourself a treat. It's an incredible true story - one of Howard Fast's best. Fast is wonderful to listen too. He was a storyteller and it is easy to listen to his books.