Er zijn veel toespelingen aanwezig in het boek, Elijah van Buxton, die de lezer onderdompelen in de tijdsperiode van 1859. Identificeer verschillende echte mensen, plaatsen, gebeurtenissen, items en literatuur uit het boek en illustreer en beschrijf ze allemaal in een spinnenkaart!
“Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery!”
This child, the first to be born free in Buxton, is a "shining beacon of light and hope for the future!"
Abolitionist John Brown visited Buxton in the book. In reality he did visit Buxton and did some organizing for his historic raid in neighboring Chatham. The raid on Harper's Ferry on October 16, 1859 ended with Brown captured and later executed. It is seen as the first battle of the American Civil War.
Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in Maryland and became an abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He really did visit the settlement of Buxton. In the story, he visits and gives a speech while holding baby Elijah, the first to be born free in the settlement.
The Detroit River flows between Michigan in the United States and Ontario, Canada. In the story, Elijah remarks that the settlement of Buxton where he, his family, his and neighbors can live freely is so close to America, where they would be forced into slavery.
"How come a river made so much difference? How could one side of the river mean you were free and the other side mean you were a slave?"