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Stolen five free boys kidnapped into slavery and their astonishing odyssey home Richard Bell

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Bell, Richard 1978-  Search this
Physical description:
318 pages illustrations, maps 24 cm
United States
19th century
Introduction: The reverse Underground Railroad -- Sanctuary city -- Black hearts -- Midnight land -- In-laws and outlaws -- The beaten way -- The body in the wagon -- The halfway house -- The lifeboat -- A living witness -- Hunting wolves -- Kidnappers all -- Conclusion: The first law of nature
Philadelphia, 1825. Five young, free black boys are lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay. They are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. Their ordeal shines a spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery's rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. -- adapted from jacket
Child slaves  Search this
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Fugitive slaves  Search this
African Americans  Search this
Free African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc--History  Search this
Slavery--History  Search this
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century  Search this
HISTORY / African American  Search this
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Slaves  Search this
African Americans--Biography  Search this
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