Everything you need to understand or teach War Comes to Willy Freeman by James Collier.
Willy Freeman is thirteen on the day the she watches British soldiers pass by her house. She recalls the flash of sun on the metal of their bayonets and dreads the fact that her father will now be called on to fight. Willy's parents, Jordan and Lucy, are free. Her father was freed in order to allow him to fight for the Americans against the British and the slave owner freed both Lucy and Willy in order to be fair to Jordan. The family lives in a tiny cabin and her father often fishes in the nearby bay.
As the British are passing by, Lucy tells Willy to put on her "milking britches" and milk the cow. Willy almost objects because she knows that she'll have to put her dress back on later, but gives in without much of a fuss. She finishes milking the cow and returns...
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