In the nineteenth century north carolina slave george moses horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time away from his master though not his freedom horton became the first african american to be published in the south protesting slavery in the form of verse resources click here to download the poet activity . Poet the remarkable story of george moses horton is based on the true story of george moses horton a young african american boy who was enslaved for the first sixty six years of his life the story describes his journey as a poet from the moment he realized that he loved words until the moment he is freed. Abstract in this lesson students will listen to poet the remarkable story of george moses horton and write their own poems about freedom this story is about george moses horton an enslaved african who taught himself to read and eventually became a renowned poet students will learn about hortons life most of which he spent. Author illustrator don tate opens his crystal kite award winning book the remarkable story of george moses horton poet with these words george loved words he wanted to learn how to read but george was enslaved don tate tells the story of george moses horton born a slave in north carolina in the late 1700s. Poet the remarkable story of george moses horton written and illustrated by don tate don tate will be at the 2019 truman state university childrens literature festival i am so excited to meet him and get my book signed poet is a non fiction book poet is about an african american boy when slavery was a thing his name was george george
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