Follow two abolitionists who fought one of the most shockingly persistent evils of the world: human trafficking and sexual exploitation of slaves. Told in alternating chapters from perspectives spanning more than a century apart, read the riveting 19th century first-hand account of Harriet Jacobs and the modern-day eyewitness account of Timothy Ballard. Harriet Jacobs was an African-American, born into slavery in North Carolina in 1813. She thwarted the sexual advances of her master for years until she escaped and hid in the attic crawl space of her grandmother’s house for seven years before escaping north to freedom. She published an autobiography of her life, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, which was one of the first open discussions about sexual abuse endured by slave women. She was an active abolitionist, associated with Frederick Douglass, and, during the Civil War, used her celebrity to raise money for black refugees. After the war, she worked to improve the conditions of newly-freed slaves. As a former Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security who has seen the horrors and carnage of war, Timothy Ballard founded a modern-day “underground railroad” which has rescued hundreds of children from being fully enslaved, abused, or trafficked in third-world countries. His story includes the rescue and his eventual adoption of two young siblings—Mia and Marky, who were born in Haiti. Section 2 features the lives of five abolitionists, a mix of heroes from past to present, who call us to action and teach us life lessons based on their own experiences: Harriet Tubman—The “Conductor”; Abraham Lincoln—the “Great Emancipator”; Little Mia—the sister who saved her little brother; Guesno Mardy—the Haitian father who lost his son to slave traders; and Harriet Jacobs—a teacher for us all.
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About the Author
Timothy Ballard earned his MA in international politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He worked as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He is the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, which rescues children from child-trafficking organizations throughout the world. The best-selling author of The Lincoln Hypothesis, he recently received the distinguished George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Tim is married and the father of six children.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mike Tomlin ix
Part 1 The Stories
Chapter 1 Edenton, North Carolina, 1813 20
Chapter 2 Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2010 30
Chapter 3 Edenton, North Carolina, circa 1827 35
Chapter 4 New York City, circa 2011 50
Chapter 5 Edenton, North Carolina, 1835 62
Chapter 6 Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2014 91
Chapter 7 Edenton to New York, 1835-1852 116
Chapter 8 Daring Escapes via the Underground Railroad 139
Chapter 9 Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2014-Present 147
Part 2 They Call us to Action
Chapter 10 Harriet Tubman-the "Conductor" 161
Chapter 11 Abraham Lincoln 169
Chapter 12 Little Mia 196
Chapter 13 Guesno Mardy 202
Chapter 14 Harriet Jacobs 224
Photo credits 253
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