The Poet Slave of Cuba
A Biography of Juan Francisco ManzanoBook - 2006
Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner's wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse.
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Poems from different points of view tell of a Cuban boy—born a slave-- whose gift for words made him special, but could not set him free.
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A fictionalized account based on the autobiography of an extraordinary man, born into slavery in 1797. Grade 7 - 12
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