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TitleFlee north : a forgotten hero and the fight for freedom in slavery's borderland / Scott Shane. First edition. Ed
AuthorShane, Scott, 1954- author.
Call No973.7 SHA
CollectionAdult 900-999
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Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9781250843210 : HRD 30.00
International Standard Book Number 1250843219 : HRD 30.00 (hardcover) 9781250843227 (ebook)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number B 23/eng/20230425
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 973.7/115092
Personal Name Shane, Scott, 1954- author.
Title Statement Flee north : a forgotten hero and the fight for freedom in slavery's borderland / Scott Shane.
Varying Form of Title Forgotten hero and the fight for freedom in slavery's borderland.
Edition Statement First edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York : Celadon Books, 2023.
Physical Description viii, 340 pages, (8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent.
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia.
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier.
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note The Most Inhuman System That Ever Blackened the Pages of History -- Until No Slave Should Be Found in Our Land -- That Mock Metropolis of Freedom -- The Flesh-Mongers -- Slavery's Borderland -- Safe from the Fangs of Robert Gilmor -- The Laughingstock Letters -- That Vile Wretch Slatter -- Very Vigilant Officers! -- Between Two Fires -- A Fugitive from Justice -- Perhaps Reckless -- Let the Strife Go On -- Fly to Canada, and Begin Anew -- Resident Capitalist -- No Breeze Comes.
Summary, Etc. "A riveting account of the extraordinary abolitionist, liberator, and writer Thomas Smallwood, who bought his own freedom, led hundreds out of slavery, and popularized the term "underground railroad," from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, Scott Shane. Flee North tells the story for the first time of an American hero all but lost to history. Born into slavery, Thomas Smallwood was free, self-educated, and working as a shoemaker a short walk from the U.S. Capitol by the 1840s. He recruited a young white activist, Charles Torrey, and together they began to organize mass escapes from Washington, Baltimore, and surrounding counties to freedom in the north. They were racing against an implacable enemy: men like Hope Slatter, the region's leading slave trader, part of a lucrative industry that would tear one million enslaved people from their families and sell them to the brutal cotton and sugar plantations of the deep south. Men, women, and children in imminent danger of being sold south turned toSmallwood, who risked his own freedom to battle what he called "the most inhuman system that ever blackened the pages of history." And he documented the escapes in satirical newspaper columns, mocking the slaveholders, the slave traders and the police whoworked for them. At a time when Americans are rediscovering a tragic and cruel history and struggling anew with the legacy of white supremacy, this book -- the first to tell the extraordinary story of Smallwood -- will offer complicated heroes, genuine villains, and a powerful narrative set in cities still plagued by shocking racial inequity today"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Torrey, Charles T. (Charles Turner), 1813-1846.
Subject-Personal Name Slatter, Hope H. (Hope Hull), 1790-1853.
Subject-Personal Name Smallwood, Thomas,
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Abolitionists United States Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Underground Railroad.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Fugitive slaves United States History 19th century.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term African American abolitionists Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Slave trade United States History 19th century.
Subject Added Entry - Geographical Term Toronto (Ont.) Biography.
Location 973.7 SHA 31662001738293

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