A Spy Called James

A Spy Called James

The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

Book - 2016
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Told for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Lafayette--a slave who spied for George Washington's army during the American Revolution. But while America celebrated its newfound freedom, James returned to slavery. His service hadn't qualified him for the release he'd been hoping for. For James the fight wasn't over; he'd already helped his country gain its freedom, now it was time to win his own.

Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781467749336
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Cooper, Floyd - Illustrator


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PimaLib_AngelaH Mar 15, 2018

James Lafayette! ‘What a brave man’ I thought while reading the only book ever written about him. The author brought out an unseemly obscure, pivotal player of the revolutionary war to light 235 years later. A Spy called James, written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Floyd Cooper, is the true story of James Lafayette, a Revolutionary War double agent. He befriended French General Lafayette, earned the trust of Cornwallis, and even crossed paths with Benedict Arnold. Without him, the war very well might have ended drastically different. Fighting for America was not this spy and slaves only battle but James also perseveringly battled for his own freedom. A Spy called James shines a light on this part of American history, a part of the Revolutionary War kept in the shadows for too long. This book is an excellent read for people of all ages.

AL_SUSAN Nov 07, 2016

Great historical drama for all ages. This picture book is a tickler and now I want to dig deeper into the life of African American James Lafayette. As a slave during the Revolutionary War, he volunteered to serve as a spy under General Lafayette and infiltrated British general Cornwallis' camp. He put himself in grave danger as a double-agent in exchange for his freedom at the end of the war. Instead he was returned to slavery. Read his full story - it's worth it.


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