Love Twelve Miles Long

By Hickory Ridge Reader

“Love Twelve Miles Long illuminates the slavery experience in a beautiful picture book. Young Frederick’s mother lived on a different Maryland plantation 12 miles away. Occasionally, after a long day of hoeing corn, she made a nighttime visit to see Frederick, walking 12 miles each way. The story is based on the childhood of Frederick Douglass. After escaping from slavery, he became a famous writer and public speaker who spoke out against slavery. He visited President Lincoln several times to talk about freedom for those who were enslaved. Douglass says in his autobiography that his mother’s love gave him the confidence to believe that he was destined to lead a remarkable life.”