Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

by Scott Christianson
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ISBN-10:
0252076885
ISBN-13:
9780252076886
Pub. Date:
01/10/2010
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
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Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had pre-ordered this book and was fortunate to obtain it the first week it was out. I read it in two sittings and couldn't put it down. First of all, it is a rigorous, yet accessible work of history that is wonderfully written and richly narrative - quite a rare combination. His penetrating prose took me into the world of a Virginia slave who escaped north on the Underground Railroad, only to be betrayed and condemned by the legal system to be retuned to bondage. This alone would have made a good story. But the author marshalls historical evidence to provide a gripping account of Charles Nalle's rescue. The author also presents new information about John Brown and Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, ante-bellum slavery, and the pre-war battle over slavery. All of the human dimensions of this amazing story are explored with sensitivity and understanding. In the hands of such a skilled writer this proves to be a one of the most memorable works of American history I have come across for some time. We need more dedicated historians to uncover the history of the oppressed and the fight for justice. I recommend it most highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago