Escape on the Pearl

Author: Mary Kay Ricks
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061850047
Format: PDF, ePub
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On the evening of April 15, 1848, nearly eighty enslaved Americans attempted one of history's most audacious escapes. Setting sail from Washington, D.C., on a schooner named the Pearl, the fugitives began a daring 225-mile journey to freedom in the North—and put in motion a furiously fought battle over slavery in America that would consume Congress, the streets of the capital, and the White House itself. Mary Kay Ricks's unforgettable chronicle brings to life the Underground Railroad's largest escape attempt, the seemingly immutable politics of slavery, and the individuals who struggled to end it. Escape on the Pearl reveals the incredible odyssey of those who were onboard, including the remarkable lives of fugitives Mary and Emily Edmonson, the two sisters at the heart of this true story of courage and determination.

Gendered Resistance

Author: Mary E. Frederickson
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252095162
Format: PDF, ePub
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Inspired by the searing story of Margaret Garner, the escaped slave who in 1856 slit her daughter's throat rather than have her forced back into slavery, the essays in this collection focus on historical and contemporary examples of slavery and women's resistance to oppression from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Each chapter uses Garner's example--the real-life narrative behind Toni Morrison's Beloved andthe opera Margaret Garner--as a thematic foundation for an interdisciplinary conversation about gendered resistance in locations including Brazil, Yemen, India, and the United States. Contributors are Nailah Randall Bellinger, Olivia Cousins, Mary E. Frederickson, Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, Carolyn Mazloomi, Cathy McDaniels-Wilson, Catherine Roma, Huda Seif, S. Pearl Sharp, Raquel Luciana de Souza, Jolene Smith, Veta Tucker, Delores M. Walters, Diana Williams, and Kristine Yohe.

Passenger on the Pearl

Author: Winifred Conkling
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1616204362
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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NOW IN PAPERBACK! The page-turning, heart-wrenching true story of one young woman willing to risk her safety and even her life for a chance at freedom in the largest slave escape attempt in American history. In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold into even crueler conditions. Through Emily Edmonson’s journey from enslaved person to teacher at a school for African American young women, Conkling illuminates the daily lives of enslaved people, the often changing laws affecting them, and the high cost of a failed escape. “Clearly written, well-documented, and chock full of maps, sidebars, and reproductions of photographs and engravings, the fascinating volume covers a lot of history in a short space. Conkling uses the tools of a novelist to immerse readers in Emily’s experiences. A fine and harrowing true story.” —Kirkus Reviews “[Passenger on the Pearl] covers information about slavery that is often not found in other volumes . . . Conkling’s work is intricate and detailed . . . A strong and well-sourced resource.” —School Library Journal “Conkling is a fine narrator . . . Readers familiar with the trials of Solomon Northup will find this equally involving.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “Edmondson’s life story is compelling and inspiring. It provides the perfect hook for readers into the horrors of slavery.” —VOYA A Junior Library Guild Selection

In the Shadow of Freedom

Author: Paul Finkelman
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 082141934X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Papers from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society meeting held in 2006.

It Happened on the Underground Railroad

Author: Tricia Martineau Wagner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493015877
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From a riverboat worker who dressed as a woman to the abolitionist who died for his beliefs, It Happened on the Underground Railroad offers a gripping look at heroic individuals who became a part of the famous “road” to freedom. Read about Peter Still, a former slave who came to the Philadelphia Antislavery Society in search of his family, only to discover that the man sitting in front of him was his brother. Meet the individuals who may have inspired characters in the novels Uncle Tom's Cabin and Beloved. And experience the heart-pounding fear of a man who mailed himself north.

Places of the Underground Railroad

Author: Tom Calarco
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313381461
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Presents a geographic overview of the Underground Railroad, describing its founding and the most important locations and crossing points in the network used to shelter and transport fugitive slave from the South.

Voyages the Age of Sail

Author: Joshua M. Smith
Publisher:
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"A two-volume anthology of source readings for maritime history courses"--Publisher's website.

The Schooner Pearl Incident 1848

Author: Daniel Drayton
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781782821342
Format: PDF
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The Greatest Escape of African slaves in American history This unique book from Leonaur collects three pieces concerning the so called 'Schooner Pearl Incident' of 1848. This bid for freedom by seventy-seven slaves from Washington DC, a decade or so before the outbreak of the American Civil War, was the largest ever attempt to escape by slaves in American history and one of the most significant episodes in the struggle by African slaves to gain freedom in the U. S. A. The escape was organised by both white and free black radicals and the plan included a 225 mile sail by the 'Pearl' carrying the slaves to the 'free state' of New Jersey. Ill fortune and bad weather delayed the escapees and they were quickly captured by an armed posse travelling on a steamboat. The re-captured slaves were punished by being sold into the southern states and the incident promoted pro-slavery riots in Washington. These events proved tragic for most of those who participated in the escape and included imprisonment for some of the instigators. 'The Schooner Pearl Incident' nevertheless promoted vigorous political debate about slavery and contributed to the abolition of the slave trade in the District of Columbia. The Edmondson sisters, two of the recaptured slaves, achieved fame when their freedom was purchased by the congregation of a Brooklyn, New York, church. The escape also provided the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's enduringly famous novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.

Gute Geister

Author: Kathryn Stockett
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641059402
Format: PDF
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Nur wer Grenzen überschreitet, kann die Welt verändern Jackson, Mississippi, 1962: Die junge Skeeter ist frustriert. Nach dem Studium verbringt sie die Tage auf der elterlichen Baumwollfarm, als einzige ihrer Freundinnen ohne einen Ring am Finger. Sehr zum Missfallen der Mutter. Doch der Mann, mit dem ihre Freundinnen sie verkuppeln wollen, ist ein hochnäsiger Snob. Und dann ist auch noch ihr schwarzes Kindermädchen, bei dem sie stets Trost fand, spurlos verschwunden. Skeeter wünscht sich nur eins: Sie will weg aus dem engen Jackson und als Journalistin in New York leben. Und um diesem Ziel näher zu kommen, verbündet sie sich mit zwei Dienstmädchen, die ebenso unzufrieden sind wie sie: Aibileen zieht inzwischen das siebzehnte weiße Kind auf. Doch nach dem Unfalltod ihres einzigen Sohnes ist etwas in ihr zerbrochen. Und Minny ist auf der Suche nach einer neuen Stelle. Sie ist bekannt für ihre Kochkünste, aber sie ist auch gefürchtet: Denn Minny trägt das Herz auf der Zunge. Und gemeinsam beschließen die drei außergewöhnlichen Frauen, gegen die Konventionen ihrer Zeit zu verstoßen und etwas zu wagen. Denn sie alle haben das Gefühl zu ersticken und wollen etwas verändern – in ihrer Stadt und in ihrem eigenen Leben.