Let Freedom Ring

Michelle H. Martin

in The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780195379785
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Let Freedom Ring

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This article argues that the Logan family novels (1975–2001) present a compelling longitudinal study of African American experience in the early to mid-twentieth century. Mildred Taylor explores the meaning and process of attaining “true freedom” through economic and educational achievements and through respect for the traditions of the past, key themes in African American children's literature. Most of Taylor's work cannot rightly be called “autobiographical” since she writes about her ancestors rather than her own generation. The Logans' four avenues to pursuing freedom—land ownership, struggling for civil rights, pursuing an education, and learning oral family history—have been central in Taylor's own life. In general, Taylor has made a substantial contribution to the shaping of the genre of contemporary African American children's literature.

Keywords: Mildred Taylor; Logan family novels; land ownership; liberty; literacy; lore; African American literature

Article.  9227 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Children's Literature Studies

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