Here, New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Thomas Fleming transports readers to a time when human beings were enslaved and treated as chattel in parts of the United States, including the nation's capitol. His account takes flight with an April 1849 incident in which 76 slaves in Washington, D.C., make a run for freedom on the sloop Pearl. He vividly describes the shameful circumstances that drove the slaves to flee and the unsuccessful attempts by prominent national figures to defend them after their capture. Famed educator and lawyer Horace Mann comes to their aid, standing firm in the face of the profoundly prejudiced judge, jury, and prosecutor. The Pearl's notoriety helped turn the tide of American public sentiment against slavery.
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New Word City, Inc.
December 06, 2011
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