|Plot Summary of The Personal Correspondence of Hannah Brown and Sarah Smith |
|"Hannah Brown and Sarah Smith, two young teenaged Quaker girls, write letters to each other from 1857 to 1859. Both Hannah and Sarah come from strong abolitionist families, and became close friends while Sarah attended a Quaker school in Hannah's hometown of Goose Creek, Virginia. When Sarah returned to Philadelphia, the girls began a regular correspondence. Hannah's grandfather is an active abolitionist who has helped many slaves escape along the Underground Railroad, and now that Hannah is old enough, he wants her help. While Hannah believes slaves have the right to be free, she is at first reluctant to risk her safety and that of her family. However, her experiences and her faith lead her to become an active participant in the Underground Railroad, after she meets a young slave girl of her own age, Pearl, who is trying to reach freedom in Canada. Pearl has never known freedom, and after her brother was sold away and her mother died, she and her father escaped, but had to leave Pearl's little sister behind. Hannah becomes determined to help Pearl and her family reunite and reach freedom in Canada and must search for a way to do so, with the help of Sarah and her family."
Rebecca Herman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Personal Correspondence of Hannah Brown and Sarah Smith |
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- physically sick
- long-lived adults
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- Deep South
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- No single main character?
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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