Love Twelve Miles Long

Love Twelve Miles Long

Book - 2011
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In 1820s Maryland, Frederick's mother, who is a slave on a different plantation, walks twelve miles each way for a nighttime visit with her son, during which she recounts what each mile of the journey represents. Based on the childhood of Frederick Douglass.
Publisher: New York : Lee & Low Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781600602450
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bootman, Colin - Illustrator


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May 04, 2013

Love Twelve Miles Long is a remarkable and heartwarming story of a mother's love and sacrifice for her son. This story retells the short and few moments Fredrick Douglass spent with his mother. She would travel twelve miles late at night after a hard day of labor in the fields to be with him for just a few hours to only have return before the sunrise to work again. But this story isn't really about her struggles, pain and heartache, it is about the love, warmth and hope she shares with her son. She knows that her son fears for her long hard walks so reassures him by recounting each mile of her journey. She starts with mile one, forgetting, forgetting all the pain and hardships. Slowly she goes from forgetting to remembering, listening, looking up, wondering about God, praying, singing, smiling, giving thanks, hoping, dreaming, and the final mile being, love. Her short and sweet moments with Fredrick Douglass was a great lesson for him then and still a great lesson for us today. Love is a very powerful emotion. History proved it. Fredrick Douglass took his mother's love, hope, dreams and lessons and became a great man in both US and African American history.


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