On the Evening of April 15, 1848, more than 70 slaves embarked on one of the most audacious escapes in American history. Setting sail from Washington, D.C., on a schooner named the Pearl, they began an arduous 225-mile journey in the hopes of finding freedom in the North. As a fierce storm imprisoned the little schooner at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, a posse made up of owners, city officials, and adventurers set off to capture them. The escape threw the streets of Washington into a turmoil, but it also galvanized the debate over slavery in Congress - an increasingly devisive struggle that would play out as the Civil War. It also graphically illustrates the lives of the black families, often a mix of free of enslaved, the constant threat of the domestic slave trade that fractured families, and the intimate workings of the Underground Railroad cell right in the nation's capital.
Escape on the Pearl tells this story through the lives of two teenaged fugitives - sisters Mary and Emily Edmonson - who experienced slave pens in three states, freedom thanks to their family and a tumultuous rally for their freedom in New York, the anti-slavery circuit in the North, and then on to studies at Oberlin College. The story goes on to trace their family's struggle to liberate all of their loved ones and to fight for the end of slavery in the uniforms of the United States government.
This is an Uncorrected Proof Copy. This oversized paperback book has a word written on 2 edges, but is otherwise in very good condition. Released Feb., 2007.