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Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom

The Quest for Freedom!

Eliza and her baby, running across the ice. Selena and Cornelia Jackson, masquerading as boys. Henry Box Brown, shipping himself north in a wooden crate. Jane Johnson, risking everything to testify against her former owner in court. Ellen Craft, posing as her husband's owner.

Escaping from slavery against overwhelming odds, these people were helped by courage, ingenuity, and the informal network known as the Underground Railroad. Here are their gripping stories, told by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Charles Lilly, and accompanied by information about slave laws of the era, key Underground Railroad leaders, and a bibliography.

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"The book contains a great deal of fictionalization of thoughts, feelings, etc. -- but it is all based on primary-source material, some written by the escapees themselves. Rappaport doesn't delve into the moral or political issues behind slavery; her intent is simply to show how some of its victims eluded their captors." -- School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator Charles Lilly
ISBN 0064461696
Publication Date Dec 15, 1998
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English