Born into slavery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, William "Bill" Lewis
learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a
hammer, and earned so much
money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was allowed to keep
a little money for himself. With just a few coins in his pocket, Bill
set a daring plan in motion: he was going to free his family.
Winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award, Hammering for Freedom tells the true story of one man's skill, hard work, and resolve to keep his family together.
Kirkus Reviews - "Readers will root for Bill to the utterly satisfying end. Powerful and uplifting; William Lewis should be a household name."
Booklist - "A terrific combination of words and art. Lewis is perhaps one of those
hidden figures, but his determination, resolution, and smarts are all on
display here. The author’s note, which features photos of the Lewis
family, makes for a fascinating close."