All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann

All Different Kinds of Free

A free woman of color in the 1830s, Margaret Morgan lived a life full of promise. One frigid night in Pennsylvania, that changed forever. They tore her family apart. They put her in chains. They never expected her to fight back. In 1837, Margaret Morgan was kidnapped from her home in Pennsylvania and sold into slavery. The state of Pennsylvania charged her kidnapper with the crime, but the conviction was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court...

Details All Different Kinds of Free

TitleAll Different Kinds of Free
Release DateApr 2nd, 2011
PublisherBell Bridge Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, African American

Reviews All Different Kinds of Free

  • Judith Starkston
    Few books make me want to reach into history and grab events by the neck and throttle them. Few books make me cry so much my dog gets frantic to comfort me as I read. All Different Kinds of Free did both. Jessica McCann builds an emotionally engaging, heartbreaking story out of a fundamentally unfair situation in American history. A free Black woman, Margaret Morgan, and her three children are kidnapped in 1837 from their home in Pennsylvania and...
  • Tara Chevrestt
    This is a sad story. Books like this make me deeply ashamed of my country's history. The way people were treated... Margaret Morgan is a free African American woman living in the mid 1800s. She has a husband, also free, and three children. An old lady under the influence of some cruel people claims that she still "owns" Margaret and her children. Margaret and the wee ones are abducted and forced back into a life a slavery.Margaret is a very likab...
  • Vivian
    I often hesitate when reading a book about slavery, especially slavery within the United States. This can be a very emotional subject for many of African-American descent. I wish I could say that All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann wasn't an emotionally-charged read, but it was . . . in a very good way. Ms. McCann provides a poignant bordering on tragic fictionalization of the life of Margaret Morgan and family. Margaret was born to fre...
  • Patrick Ross
    As someone who has focused somewhat on the craft of writing historical nonfiction, I can only imagine how challenging it must be to write historical fiction. You must be true to history in order to lend your book authenticity, yet at the same time you must introduce a believable yet fictional story. And you must create full scenes complete with fabricated dialogue and action that must ring true.Jessica McCann pulls this off in this novel set duri...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    I absolutely loved this novel by historical fiction newcomer Jessica McCann. The story of Margaret Morgan, a free black woman forced back into the shackles of slavery – along with her free children – is both harrowing and uplifting. At its heart and soul is a message highlighting the supreme power of family love. The story, inspired by true events in the 1830s, also reminds us of the privilege of freedom, its beauty, and just how much is lost...
  • Moony (Lil' Bookdragon) MeowPoff
    Wow. Just wow. this book dragged me in, i needed to know how it went with Maragret. I needed to know how her familiy had it. I hoped that she would get he freedom and some tears would come on occasion when she were in distress, sorrow and pain. I roothed for her freedom from start to finish! This book makes you feel so many things at once and for me... i just could'nt put it down either i had to read further!Just wow. i can't describe it otherwis...
  • Holly Weiss
    Riveting Historical Drama The 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War approaches. Sound the trumpet for a novel where justice, personal liberty and self-reliance are celebrated by a writer who has the savvy to make her voice ring.An obscure 1842 Supreme Court Case is the backdrop for this compelling book. All Different Kinds of Free, a historical fiction novel based on true events, is really the story of Margaret Morgan, a free woman ...
  • Sandra Stiles
    I love history. I am always amazed when an author can bring something new to the table to make me say, “wait a minute, I didn’t know anything about this piece of history”. It is this type of work that sends me to my computer to research the actual historical event. So it is with this book. I was unaware of the court case that was one of the biggest things to lead up to the Civil War. The author took a court case from 1842 and built her stor...
  • Barb
    This was an amazing trip into the days of pre civil-war slavery. Jessica McCann clearly illustrates what a priviledge freedom is and that we should never take it for granted. I was told by friends who read this that the shortly after startng the book, they were mad. I could completely relate. I was also told that they couldn't put the book down. I too, felt that way as the story took some unbelievable turns. I wanted to know more information on w...
  • RenishaRenewed
    Absolutely incredible. Compared to Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings, which was also a great story of historical facts, this also took me on a ride. Loved it.
  • Gabriella
    This is a book that will really make you think. It shows the fight that a free black woman goes through to regain her freedom after being stolen from her home in Pennsylvania by a man to be taken into slavery, despite never having been a slave. I enjoy the interlaced rebellion, comedy and the views from many other sides in this fight that made people more aware of what was going on within the country. A very worthwhile read that will keep you int...
  • Misfit
    3.5 stars"All rise. Harford County trial docket number fifty-three, the case of Negro Margaret vs. Margaret Ashmore, petition for freedom. The Honorable William T. Archer presiding on this day, Wednesday, August 28, 1837.”All Different Kinds of Free is based on the story of Margaret Morgan and the case of Prigg v Pennsylvania. Margaret was a free woman, living in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children, until she and her children were ...
  • Uniflame
    Margaret Morgan is married and lives happily with her husband and her three children. Margaret is a free woman of color in the 1830's, until a bounty hunter comes to collect her and her children to return her to her former owner in Maryland. Margaret tries to hold her family together and fights every step along the way. This is a book, based on a true story, about a remarkable woman who didn't give up.Personal opinion:I was drawn into this book a...
  • Barbara
    I really enjoyed this book. It was as real as if I was there in all the terrifying situations this young mother had to experience. I did not want to put it down until I had finished. The picture the author painted for us of the characters were vivid. I look forward to other works by this creative author. I appreciate the research Jessica McCann did to make her story so historically significant. It was refreshing to see her insight and caring in d...
  • Diana
    Wonderful book with a unique point of view. I loved Margaret and couldn't stop reading! All Different Kinds of Free is beautifully written and is based on a true story! "I often marveled at how there can be ask different kinds of free. And yet...I suppose now I've learned there are all different kinds of bondage, too."
  • Linda Graham
    Though heartbreaking to read, this story is an important one and kudos to Ms. McCann for unburying it. She did a wonderful job of putting the reader inside Margaret's head, and every horror, insult, and outrage to the woman rang true. A must read for all fans of American historical fiction, as well as for our children.
  • Cynthia Sillitoe
    Margaret, the main narrator of this book, has a rich, funny, warm voice that is almost spellbinding. I also enjoyed the scenes from Jerry's pov and those with Jim and Mrs. Ashmore. I wish the attorneys had been stronger characters. I have to admit I skimmed most of the trial scenes.
  • Amelia Adams
    I loved this book. The author's descriptive writing style flowed well and was thoroughly enjoyable. This book was exciting. The plot was full of twists but was reasonable. It aroused my interest and I just loved this book!
  • Jess
    I loved this book it just ended too soon. I wanted the story to continue. I guess that is a sign of a great book.
  • sharleen whitehead
    Great storyI really enjoyed this story and characters. Seems to be a true life event. Many stories are similar, but this was very true to life.
  • Cari Piatt
    My goodness what a heart wrenching, gut punching story. The fact this is based on true, historical events just kills me. It makes me feel incredibly ashamed and the writer did a fantastic job. She gave a voice to Margaret- the one behind the Supreme Court case of Prigg v Pennsylvania. I held my breath and felt every emotion from anger, fear, hope following along with Margaret’s story. It’s emotionally heavy but it’s a story that needs to be...
  • Claudette
    (Audiobook) What a powerful and moving story. I really liked this writer writing style. Even though this book is fiction, it closely relates to non-fiction events. What a terrible period in Amercia's history. What a very sad story for Margaret. It really doesn't have much of a happy ending :(
  • Carol
    Could not put this book down. The end of the story is a new beginning. I would love to see a follow-up book showing what happens to these characters.
  • Valerie A Smith
    I thought this was a well written book on the heartbreak of slavery and how it tore families apart.
  • Todd Haines
    Good story with cited pieces of true history intertwined. Not my usual type of book but it held my interest. Historical fiction takes both research and creativity. This book has both. Good reading here.
  • Michelle Fayard
    Margaret Morgan is late returning from town, where she was purchasing supplies for her seamstressing business. When she reaches home, she hears two unexpected voices. One is the town constable. The other is the man who had been her neighbor in Maryland. It’s not a social call, for bounty hunger Ed Prigg accuses Margaret of being a runaway.She and her three children are threatened with being sold into slavery—even though each of them is free. ...
  • Hallie Sawyer
    This historical fiction novel set in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and South Carolina in pre-Civil War 1800′s is Jessica’s first novel, It was the winner of the 2009 Freedom In Fiction contest and it was very apparent to me after reading it as to why she won.Margaret Morgan is a free black woman, living a quiet life in Pennsylvania with her family when her life changes in one horrifying moment. Along with her children, she is kidnapped and sold int...
  • Starr
    All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCannBell Bridge Books – March 28, 2011www.jessicamccann.comFacebook: no Rating: Loved it and hated itRecommendation: Personally I think everyone in the world should read this book to get a better idea of slavery and to have a real appreciation of freedom Margaret Morgan was a black woman who lived in the 1830’s. Though her parents were slaves who were freed by their master, Margaret was born a free bla...
  • Barb
    I give five stars to “all different kinds of free”, written by Jessica McCann was a winner of the Freedom in Fiction Prize. One of my favorite authors, Sandra Dallas, said of this book: “…gripping…this book tears at your heart.” I totally agree with her comment. This book tore a little piece of my heart each time I read about the degradation, hopelessness and total disregard for humanity that Margaret Morgan and her family experienced...
  • Veronica
    This is a compelling story, asking to be told, but I felt it was a bit let down by the quality of the writing. It reads as if written for young adults (it includes rape and oral sex, mind, but they are not graphically described), with limited vocabulary and short, choppy sentences. In places, situations are engineered purely to convey historical information -- an egregious example is the dinner party early on, at which the participants lecture ea...