Charismatic leaders arose to foment revolts always limited in scale and quickly contained, but these struck terror into the hearts of whites across the South. Only by piecing together such stories and revealing the bold choices runaway slaves were forced to make, the dangers they faces, and the courage required to forge ahead, can we ever fully grasp how difficult it was for a slave in antebellum America to achieve freedom and just how desperate people can be to get free. It was really great to read about Toronto in the 1830s-50s. When they died in the 1890s with no descendants to pass on their fascinating tale, it was lost to history. Karolyn Frost's history book is far too wrapped up in descriptions, long paragraphs and weird little asides to be very readable. She would do well to just let the material speak for itself in parts instead of trying to rationalize the attitudes and activities of certain characters. The Blackburns died in the 1890s, and their fascinating tale was lost to history.
I recommend instead 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' book and movie for a heartfelt conversation with another abused race. Some non-fiction writing flows smoothly like you are reading a fictional story, and some does not. Heading north, they made it about 100 miles before an Atlantic storm stalled them and allowed captors to seize and return them to Washington, where their capture was hailed by heckling mobs. However, it is based on a period of history that I enjoy learning about so I will carry on. In her well-researched and well-written book, Karolyn Smardz Frost has done just that--and more.
The Blackburn's self theft had to have had some assistance, whether black or white is unknown, but someone had to have provided the forged papers they used on the boat, had to have got them timetable information for their second stage, and must have been connected with Detroit, otherwise why not continue across the river to Canada and be surer of safety? This was better than any fiction I've read on this topic. Canadians wanted to deport only criminals. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Thornton and Lucie were spirited across the river to Canada, but their safety proved illusory when Michigan's governor demanded their extradition. Excerpted from I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad by Karolyn Smardz Frost All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. In the place of the daring freedom-seekers who made the perilous journey north, the heroes have become whites who helped them on their way. It was the day before Independence Day, 1833.
Others went to Spanish Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and a tiny proportion reached Britain, Europe, and Africa. Proslavery advocates blamed the progressively more vocal abolitionist movement for slave discontent and minimized the numbers of runaways officially reported, but the fact that mounting numbers of black Americans were taking terrible personal risks to flee bondage was difficult to counter. Much has been made of the irony of the U. I got the impression that in writing this book Karolyn Smardz-Frost believes that the the time this book was set was sufficently long ago to leave out some of the more humane feeling one would expect in the writing of the book. This finely detailed account depicts a truly international antislavery movement. While it's true that a lot of history books deal with complex subjects or want to get as much of the research on the page as possible, this is a story that would have benefited from a deft hand weaving a A very dry book about a couple's quest to travel from Kentucky to Toronto, Ontario known as York back then via the Underground Railroad.
The Thornton and Lucie Blackburn Site became the first archaeological dig on an Underground Railroad site in Canada. Thornton and Lucie Blackburn were all but lost to history. If you can get through this, tell me how it goes, because I just can't seem to get through it. Perhaps she is one of those people who believe that having humane feelings for example being against slavery from the start is a modern condition as opposed to a feeling that is natural! Dust jacket is not price-clipped. Three stars is a generous rating.
The elite whites of that time were mostly out socialising and left the property in charge of overseers nothing much of a mention of these brutes in the book , who were cruel, brutal men on the lower social ladder than their employers. In her well-researched and well-written book, Karolyn Smardz Frost has done just that -- and more. Although I am sure that true history buffs would not be surprised by anything contained in this book, I never cease to be amazed at the many aspects of Canadian history that are not taught in Canadian schools at least not when I went to school Although we were taught about the Underground Railroad in school, it wasn't taught in the all encompassing way that this book is told, including quotes from former slaves, slave owners, abolitionists, and political leaders from the U. Thornton Blackburn is 19 when he, together with his wife, Lucie, escapes slavery by traveling the Underground Railroad in its earliest days. Seeing the abolition movement, the Civil War, and its aftermath from the perspective of the African Canadian point of view is fascinating.
The black community of Detroit protested and The Blackburn riots of 1833 occurred and Lucie and Thornton Blackburn were spirited away to Toronto. They ran in 1831 because She was about to be sold to the sex slave markets of the deep south. The significance of the Blackburns lies in the amazing journey they took to freedom, and their subsequent activities in facilitating the flight of future slaves and their work as abolitionists leading up to the Civil War period. The Blackburn story is unforgettable, with twists and turns, and strange coincidences, that make this seem much more like a novel than a well researched historical work. Family relationships can sometimes be inferred from sale documents, wills, or inventories. Bravo for Frost who has saved a remarkable story from the fate of other important histories that have been lost. It was the day before Independence Day, 1831.
Having said that, there are a few minor blemishes in detail of the book. And Frost's telling was all inspired by the discovery in Toronto under an inner city school of the home of these slaves. The Blackburn Riot of 1833 was the first racial uprising in Detroit history. Only since the middle decades of the twentieth century have most archives and libraries, historical societies and museums begun to preserve evidence pertaining to the heritage of peoples of the African Diaspora on this continent. The amount of research that went into this book is incredible, the tons of paper archives that have been consulted and the genealogical tree building reflected in the references to various families is extensive.
Among their loosely linked paths of hope lay what has come to be called the Underground Railroad. Well researched and written, this book provides a fascinating look at important piece of Canadian history. When selling off slaves, they paid lip service to keeping couples or at least mothers and children together. This book traces one couple from northern Kentucky not only during their escape and travel to Detroit and thence to Toronto, but also during the years of the Civil War and afterwards. All trails led back to Kentucky. Respected scholars traveled to Toronto to discuss the findings.
The Blackburn Riot of 1833 was the first racial uprising in Detroit history. Copyright © 2007 by Karolyn Smardz Frost. Thousands of fascinated visitors came to watch, intrigued by the painstakingly slow process of piecing together the story of two human lives, written there in the soil in fragments of pottery and bits of broken glass. Only by piecing together such stories and revealing the bold choices runaway slaves were forced to make, the dangers they faced, and the courage required to forge ahead, can we ever fully grasp how difficult it was for a slave in antebellum America to achieve freedom and just how desperate people can be to get free. Perhaps an archaeologist or historian would be intrigued, not I. This finely detailed account depicts a truly international antislavery movement. First Edition stated, with correct number line sequence, no writing, marks, underlining, or bookplates.