Amos Fortune, Free Man

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Amos Fortune, Free Man is a true biography written by Elizabeth Yates. This book is about a man who was born free in Africa and abducted as a teenager to be sold as a slave in the new colonies. It was the year 1725. Evil Europeans would barge into an African camp and capture black members of the tribe to be sold as slaves. These African people were helpless. There was nothing they could do to stop this abomination. Black men and women were taken away from their homes and sold to men living in the colonies. Fortunately, At-mun, who later became known as Amos Fortune, was sold to a god-fearing man. Amos was treated kindly and was taught how to take care of himself. “It does a man no good to be free until he learns how to live...” When Amos Fortune lived in the Copeland household, he was instructed how to become a godly man. Not only were the Copelands extremely kind to Amos, but they were also Quakers. Weekly they went to church and taught their servant, Amos, to love God. Amos also learned how to read the Bible. Amos Fortune was blessed to have the Copelands as his slave owner. When Amos received his freedom at the age of sixty, he knew not only how to survive in the colonies, but he had also been taught the importance of living a godly life. Amos Fortune appreciated and found encouragement in the scriptures. One of the Copeland children, whose name was Roxanna, read the Bible to Amos when he was a teenager. “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God.” Throughout his life, Amos kept this passage from the book of Revelation hidden in his heart. This scripture taught Amos that he was a king. Back home in Africa, Amos was the king of his tribe, and he still was a king to God even though he was not treated like one. Often Amos thought of this passage in the Bible and was
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