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Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
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About The Book
Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home.
Their ordeal—an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.
“Rigorously researched, heartfelt, and dramatically concise, Bell’s investigation illuminates the role slavery played in the systemic inequalities that still confront Black Americans” (Booklist).
Why We Love It
“One of those riveting books that takes you on such a surprising journey, you wouldn’t be blamed if you forgot while reading it that this is fact not fiction, and history not a novel.” —Dawn D., VP, Publisher, on Stolen
- Publisher: 37 Ink (December 1, 2020)
- Length: 336 pages
- ISBN13: 9781501169441
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