By: Gary DorionJack is a difficult young man in his mid-teens already facing adulthood. His dreams are not yet tempered by experience. He is driven to find adventure and causes he can rally around while pressuring reluctant friends to join him.
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Book DescriptionJack is a difficult young man in his mid-teens already facing adulthood. His dreams are not yet tempered by experience. He is driven to find adventure and causes he can rally around while pressuring reluctant friends to join him.
Schoolmaster Jerome Whittemore presents Jack with the perfect challenge and chance to add excitement to his life, and win popularity with the students. He cooks up a rebellion, inventing scheme after scheme to exact revenge on the schoolmaster.
The 'master' had beaten him one day with a hickory branch in front of the class. Jack refused to give him the satisfaction of making him cry. He remained silent. Whittemore repeatedly whacked him harde,r but Jack would not to cry out. All he got was silence.
The students began to join 'the rebel.' Jack didn't forget the beating.
Whittemore not only is abusive but tries his hardest to impart to his students his own racist, secessionist ideas. He glorifies the southern white plantation slavery system. His students won't have it. All conspire to defeat him - except two who side with him against the 'rebels.'
What the students didn't know was that Master Whittemore had been an unofficial minister on slave ships prior to being hired as a teacher. His 'sermons' supported the crew in their nasty, brutalizing work. He told the sailors their efforts were crucial in building the 'great civilization' of the American south.
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