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Russell Freedman

Biography

Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

Russell Freedman

Books by Russell Freedman

by Russell Freedman - Children's 10+, History, Military, Nonfiction
In an enthralling book, Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman provides a succinct account of perhaps the most puzzling and contentious of America's wars. Describing how a superpower caught up in Cold War politics became increasingly enmeshed in a conflict over 8,000 miles away, he then explains why 20 years later an exit was so difficult. In words and photographs he chronicles the unfolding events in Vietnam and at home as increasing numbers of young men were sent into the jungles to fight.
by Russell Freedman - Children's 10-12, History, Holocaust, Military

Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. 

by Russell Freedman - History, Nonfiction, Photography

For the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting right from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newberry Medalist Russell Freedman has written a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know. 

by Russell Freedman - Children's Nonfiction

Angel Island, off the coast of California, processed around one million immigrants from Japan, China, and Korea between 1892 and 1940. Drawing from memoirs, diaries, letters, and "wall poems," Russell Freedman describes the immigrants; the immigration process; detention and deportation; changes in immigration policy; and the renaissance of Angel Island as a historic site open to visitors.

by Russell Freedman - History, Nonfiction

Though they were from very different social groups, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas shared many of the same ideas.  Lincoln, the President of the United States, and Douglas, the most influential African American of his time, met together to discuss their personal ideas and beliefs on the country, which helped end the Civil War, reunite the nation, and abolish slavery by doing so.