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A man called Horse : John Horse and the Black Seminole Underground Railroad  Cover Image Book Book

A man called Horse : John Horse and the Black Seminole Underground Railroad / Glennette Tilley Turner.


"A daring account of Black Seminole warrior, chief, and diplomat John Horse and the route he forged on the Underground Railroad to gain freedom for his people. John Horse (c. 1812-1882, also known as Juan Caballo) was a famed chief, warrior, tactician, and diplomat who played a dominant role in Black Seminole affairs for half a century. His story is central to that of the Black Seminoles--descendants of Seminole Indians, free Blacks, and escaped slaves who formed an alliance in Spanish Florida. A political and military leader of mixed Seminole and African heritage, Horse defended his people from the U.S. government, other tribes, and slave hunters. 'A Man Called Horse' focuses on the little-known life of Horse while also putting into historical perspective the larger story of Native Americans and especially Black Seminoles, helping to connect the missing "dots" in this period. After fighting during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), one of the longest and most costly Native American conflicts in U.S. history, Horse negotiated terms with the federal government and later became a guide and interpreter. Forced to relocate, he led a group of Black Seminoles to find a new home, first heading westward to Texas and later to Mexico. Turner worked with descendants of Horse, who provided oral histories as well as many photographs and other artifacts. Her expertly researched and vetted biography depicts Horse as a complex, fascinating figure who served in many varied roles, including as a counselor of fellow Seminole leaders, an agent of the U.S. government, and a captain in the Mexican army. But no matter the part he played, one thing remained constant: whether in battle or at the negotiating table, Horse fought tirelessly to help his people survive. The story ofJohn Horse is a tale of daring, intrigue, and the lifelong quest for freedom. The book includes black-and-white archival photos throughout (though the book is designed in full color), as well as a map, timeline, author's note, endnotes, and select bibliography"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781419749339
  • ISBN: 1419749331
  • Physical Description: xi, 97 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom" -- Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 to 14 Abrams Books for Young Readers
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 1 515512.
Subject: Horse, John, 1812-1882 > Juvenile literature.
Black Seminoles > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Black Seminoles > History > Juvenile literature.
Black Seminoles > Government relations > Juvenile literature.
Slavery > Florida > History > Juvenile literature.
Florida > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Biographies.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 11 of 11 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cameron Public. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Cameron Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 11 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cameron Public Library JB HORSE (Text) 32311111199432 Juvenile Biography Available -

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