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A Shadow on the Household: One Enslaved Family's Incredible Struggle for Freedom

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The extraordinary story of one couples determination to free themselves and their children from slavery and make a new life in Canada

Prior to abolition in 1865, as many as 40,000 men, women, and children made the perilous trip north from enslavement in the United States to freedom in Canada. Many were aided by networks that came to be known as the Underground Railroad. And the stories that emerge from the past about these journeys are truly remarkable.

In A Shadow on the Household, Bryan Prince, a descendant of slaves, brings to life the heart-wrenching story of the Weems family and their struggle to liberate themselves from slavery. John Weems, a man who purchased his own freedom, paid the owner of his enslaved wife and eight children an annual fee to keep them together at one plantation. But when that owner died, the Weemses were cruelly separated and scattered throughout the South. Heartbroken and desperate, John resolved to raise the money to buy his familys freedom and reunite them. Mining newspapers, private letters, diaries, estate records, marriage registries, and abolitionist papers for details of a story cloaked in secrecy, Bryan Prince has rescued the Weems family and their plight from historical oblivion.

An unforgettable story of love and persistence, played out in four countries (the United States, Canada, Jamaica, and the United Kingdom) against the backdrop of the publication of Uncle Toms Cabin, a growing abolitionist movement, and the heroic efforts of the Underground Railroad, the Weems family saga must be read to be believed.

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About the Author

Bryan Prince is an award-winning author and a descendant of slaves who came to Canada prior to the American Civil War. Among his many projects, he is a director and historian with the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, a partner of York Universitys Harriet Tubman Institute, and a consulting editor with the Adam Matthew Publications digital project Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice in England. He is the author of I Came As a Stranger: The Underground Railroad, which won the 2005 Childrens Nautilus Book Award for Non-Fiction. He lives in Buxton, Ontario.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780771071263
Author:
Prince, Bryan
Publisher:
Emblem Editions
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Washington Region
Subject:
Fugitive slaves -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
7.90x5.10x.60 in. .60 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » African American Studies » Slavery and Reconstruction
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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