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Kelly Tucker:

Kelly Tucker 7 th period Mrs. Brown English

Nightjohn :

Nightjohn Imagine being beaten for learning to read, shackled and whipped for learning a few letters of the alphabet. Now, imagine a man brave enough to risk torture in order to teach others how to read; his name is Nightjohn.

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Reading. What does it mean to you? Many love that word, and those people happen to be bookworms. But some detest that word, considering that reading is boring. Many people take reading for granted but for an enslaved person, the ability to read was very powerful. "Nightjohn" is the story of a young, female, black slave who learned how to read. Sarney is a curious, little girl, a slave from birth, who lives in the plantation of Mr. Waller during the Civil War.

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For her, life is the same, until a mysterious black man named John teaches her something new. The ability to read and write. Though the rules forbid that a slave should learn that, Sarney and John risk everything to learn and teach one of man's most powerful Devices. "Nightjohn" an inspiring story set during a time of despair and suffering. When the Civil War tore a nation apart, when people sadly left their families to do what they believed was right. It was a time when slavery existed, and suffering slaves risk their lives to seek freedom.

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I learned from this story. It teaches that words are the most powerful weapon that can be used against injustice and corruption. The book accurately portrays the cruel and violent life of a slave during 1800’s America, and the despairs and hopes they kept during a horrible time. "Nightjohn" will convince you that slavery should never have existed!

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We read to know we are not alone. No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Once you learn to read, you will be FOREVER FREE. .

Ever wonder how music would be if you couldn’t read or write??:

Ever wonder how music would be if you couldn’t read or write?? It would be more like gibberish with a tune 

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