Underground Man

Underground Man

by Milton Meltzer
     
 

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Nineteen-year-old Joshua Bowen is working as a logger on the Ohio River when he meets his first runaway slave and discovers his true calling - abolition. All of Josh's skills come into play as he dons one disguise after another to help desperate slaves reach the safety of Ohio and the Underground Railroad. After dozens of successful rescues, Kentucky slaveowners…  See more details below

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Nineteen-year-old Joshua Bowen is working as a logger on the Ohio River when he meets his first runaway slave and discovers his true calling - abolition. All of Josh's skills come into play as he dons one disguise after another to help desperate slaves reach the safety of Ohio and the Underground Railroad. After dozens of successful rescues, Kentucky slaveowners catch Josh and convict him of "enticing slaves to leave their owners." Locked away in prison Josh struggles to keep his ideals and sense of self - and when freedom comes sooner than expected, he has to make further important decisions about the course his life will take.

This exciting novel includes an author's note about the true story that inspired it.

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"A fine novel."--The New York Times Book Review

"Meltzer draws from court records, reminiscences of fugitve slaves and abolitionists, and other documents of the pre-Civil War period to create a narrative that is consistently suspenseful as well as historically accurate."--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152928469
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/1990
Series:
Great Episodes Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Milton Meltzer has written 110 books, five of which were nominated for the National Book Award. With Langston Hughes, he coauthored A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS, now in its sixth edition. He received the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to children's literature, the 1986 Jane Addams Peace Association Children's Book Award, and the 2000 Regina Medal. He lives in New York City.

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