Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground by Fergus M. Bordewich

By Fergus M. Bordewich

An immense publication of epic scope on America's first racially built-in, religiously encouraged stream for swap The civil conflict delivered to a climax the country's sour department. however the beginnings of slavery's denouement could be traced to a brave band of normal american citizens, black and white, slave and unfastened, who joined forces to create what could turn out to be referred to as the Underground Railroad, a stream that occupies as romantic a spot within the nation's mind's eye because the Lewis and Clark day trip. the genuine tale of the Underground Railroad is way extra morally advanced and politically divisive than even the myths recommend. opposed to a backdrop of the country's westward enlargement arose a fierce conflict of values that was once not anything below a battle for the country's soul. no longer because the American Revolution had the rustic engaged in an act of such titanic and profound civil disobedience that not just challenged winning mores but in addition subverted federal legislation. sure for Canaan tells the tales of guys and ladies like David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in big apple urban; daring Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to construct the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman. Interweaving exciting own tales with the politics of slavery and abolition, certain for Canaan indicates how the Underground Railroad gave beginning to this country's first racially built-in, religiously encouraged stream for social switch.

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Henson never explicitly said so, but in spite of his evident attachment to his mother, she dropped completely out of his narrative after their purchase by Riley. Once again under her care, however, the boy, who was suffering as much from shock as from physical illness, rapidly recovered. His earliest jobs were carrying buckets of water to the older men at work in the fields, holding a horseplow for weeding between rows of corn and, when he grew taller, taking care of Riley’s saddle horse. Eventually he was An Evil Without Remedy | 15 put to hoeing in the fields.

In Africa, slaves might be acquired in any one of several ways. Some were born into slavery, or sold into it by their own kings for imported commodities like weapons, factory-made textiles, and glassware. Some were captives of war, and others were kidnapped from their homes by roving bands of native slave hunters. Sometimes entire villages were surrounded and marched or carried by river to the coast. Still others were bred specifically for export by coastal traders. At the coast, slaves were processed for sale through established depots, or “factories,” operated by one or another European trading company, or in some cases native Africans, or sold directly to foreign ships engaged in the trade.

Through intermediaries, a deal was made. Thompson proposed to sell the boys until they were twenty-five years of age (as permitted by Connecticut law) to somebody whom the elder 28 | B o u n d f o r C a n a a n Marses would select. He would give the other members of the family their freedom. Buyers acceptable to the Mars parents were found in towns about fifteen miles apart, and the boys were sold to them for one hundred pounds each, in September 1798. In this story, several important truths emerge.

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