Hardcover Picture Book
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Illustrated by Daniel Minter
Ellen always knew the broom resting above the hearth was special. But after it’s announced in church that the marriages of former slaves will be registered, she hears more about why it matters so much. For her mama and papa, who could be sold away at a master's whim and whose union had no legal protection, jumping the broom was a way to show their commitment to being husband and wife. Now, as the whole family travels to the courthouse dressed in their best, Ellen carries the broom with them. With love, ingenuity and pride, she finds a way to celebrate her parents' right to be legally married and remember their past.
More about Ellen's Broom . . .
- Meet-the-Author of Ellen's Broom (audio clip of me talking about the book.) Thank you to TeachingBooks.net for creating it.
- Read a great article by African-American genealogy specialist Reginald Washington about Freedmen's Bureau marriage records
Just 4 Kids
- Printable - Ellen's Broom Word Search
- Printable - Jumping Coloring Page
- Printable - Parade Coloring Page
- Printable - Fireplace Coloring Page
- Printable - Gift Coloring Page
- Printable - Ellen's Broom Crossword Puzzle
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