Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House

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Jim Limber Davis is the biography of a black boy rescued from his cruel guardian by Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  Jim was registered as a free black child by Davis and lived happily with the Davis family during the Civil War.  After the Civil War ended, Davis was arrested and Jim was sent to the Northern states as an example of the evils of slavery.  Jim tried to argue that Davis had not enslaved him, but no one believed him.  When Davis was released from prison, Jim had disappeared and was never heard from again.  To this day, no one knows what became of Jim.

Jim Limber Davis is a picture book for second, third, and fourth graders.  The illustrations are paintings that give a accurate of the Civil War era.  This book would go well with a Civil War unit, especially since it includes both the Union and Confederacy in the story.  I would break down reading this story into at least two days to include mini-lessons on slavery and Jefferson Davis.

Pittman, R.  (2007).  Jim limber davis: A black orphan in the confederate white house.  Gretna: Pelican Publishing.

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