Working for Freedom Teachers’ Guide


The Teacher’s Guide to accompany Working for Freedom by Rona Arato.

Josiah Henson’s life is an epic tale of one mans battle against evil and ignorance. By the time he was six, Josiah had been sold three times. When he was nine, his family’s owner beat him for trying to learn to read. In spite of his physical pain and emotional heartache, he never lost the sense of morality that was his bedrock. After his escape, Josiah became an advocate for those still in bondage. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, he led 118 slaves to safety in Canada. Working for Freedom is the story of a man who proved that one person can make a difference in defending and promoting human rights.

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About the Author

Rona Arato

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Rona Arato

Rona Arato has published eleven children's books including Working for Freedom: the Story of Josiah Henson. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards. Courage and Compassion: Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference received the OLA's Golden Oak award for 2011. She lives in Markham, Ontario.