A Spy Called James

A Spy Called James

The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of James Lafayette, a slave who volunteered to serve the Continental Army in order to secure his freedom, and became a spy for the Americans under the command of Marquis de Lafayette.

& Taylor

A picture book account of the story of slave-turned-spy James Lafayette depicts in evocative images and comprehensive text how he served in George Washington's army only to be returned to slavery after the war. Illustrated by the Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist of Ruth and the Green Book. Simultaneous eBook.

Publisher: Minneapolis, MN :, Carolrhoda Books,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781467749336
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Cooper, Floyd - Illustrator


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AL_SUSAN Nov 07, 2016

Great historical drama for all ages. This picture book is a tickler and now I want to dig deeper into the life of African American James Lafayette. As a slave during the Revolutionary War, he volunteered to serve as a spy under General Lafayette and infiltrated British general Cornwallis' camp. He put himself in grave danger as a double-agent in exchange for his freedom at the end of the war. Instead he was returned to slavery. Read his full story - it's worth it.


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