The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris (Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University) Barton


The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris (Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University) Barton

John Roy Lynch spent most of his childhood as a slave in Mississippi, but all of that changed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Suddenly people like John Roy could have paying jobs and attend school. While many people in the South were unhappy with the social change, John Roy thrived in the new era. He was appointed to serve as justice of the peace and was eventually elected into the United States Congress. This biography, with its informative backmatter and splendid illustrations, gives readers an in-depth look at the Reconstruction period through the life of one of the fi rst African-American congressmen.


CCBCChoices 2016 Publishers Weekly (STARRED review) Barton offers an immersive, engaging, and unflinching portrait of the difficulties of the Reconstruction era, while Tate's cartoonlike artwork softens moments of cruelty and prejudice without diminishing them.

Published while the United States has its first African-American president, this story of John Roy Lynch, the first African-American speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, lays bare the long and arduous path black Americans have walked to obtain equality. The title's first three words 'The Amazing Age

-Americans had during Reconstruction than for decades afterward. . . . A picture book worth reading about a historical figure worth remembering.

About the Author

Chris Barton won a Sibert Honour in 2010 for his first book, The Day-Glo Brothers (Charlesbridge Publishing). He also wrote Shark vs. Train, which garnered numerous awards and was a New York Times bestseller. He currently lives in Texas. Visit his website at Don Tate has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award for his book It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low Books). Visit his website at

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50 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

30th May 2015



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