The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War

The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War

by Jared A. Brock


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A major literary moment: after being lost to history for more than a century, The Road to Dawn uncovers the incredible story of the real-life slave who inspired Uncle Tom's Cabin.

-He rescued 118 enslaved people

-He won a medal at the first World's Fair in London

-Queen Victoria invited him to Windsor Castle

-Rutherford B. Hayes entertained him at the White House

-He helped start a freeman settlement, called Dawn, that was known as one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad

-He was immortalized in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, the novel that Abraham Lincoln jokingly blamed for sparking the Civil War

But before all this, Josiah Henson was brutally enslaved for more than forty years.

Author-filmmaker Jared A. Brock retraces Henson's 3,000+ mile journey from slavery to freedom and re-introduces the world to a forgotten figure of the Civil War era, along with his accompanying documentary narrated by Hollywood actor Danny Glover.

The Road to Dawn is a ground-breaking biography lauded by leaders at the NAACP, the Smithsonian, senators, authors, professors, the President of Mauritius, and the 21st Prime Minister of Canada, and will no doubt restore a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541773929
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 600,299
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jared A. Brock is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, Bearded Gospel Men, and The Road to Dawn. Brock is the director of Over 18, Red Light Green Light, and Josiah, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Huffington Post, and Writer's Digest.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xv

Map of Josiah's Path xvii

1 Port Tobacco 1

2 The Wounded Leader 15

3 Kentucky Bound 41

4 Double Cross 55

5 Murder and Providence 67

6 The Great Escape 83

7 The Struggle For Light 105

8 The Great Exhibition 141

9 The Real Uncle Tom 167

10 Homecoming 229

Epilogue 247

A Clarion Call 257

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 265

Illustrations appear between pages 140 and 141.

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