I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad

Category: Book
By (author): Smardz Frost, Karolyn
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
  HISTORY / Revolutionary
  HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction (2007) Winner
Publisher: Dundurn
Published: December 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.25in
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From The Publisher*

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction, 2007 It was the day before Independence Day, 1831. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be "sold down the river" to the slave markets of New Orleans, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring- ┬Łand successful- daylight escape from Louisville. But they were discovered by slave catchers in Michigan and slated to return to Kentucky in chains, until the black community rallied to their cause. The Blackburn Riot of 1833 was the first racial uprising in Detroit history.

From The Publisher*An archeological discovery unearths a remarkable new story of the Underground Railroad.
Review Quote*Smardz Frost has combined solid academic research with a compelling story that deserves a wider audience.
Review Quote*Thanks to Dr. Smardz Frost's talent for storytelling, [the Blackburns'] biography, especially the account of their escape from slavery and flight into Canada two years later, reads at times like a fine historical novel.
Review Quote*...an edifying and accessible work that does not relegate slavery to some cob-webbed corner of the past, but portrays it as a central reality of the history of this continent.
Review Quote*... a fascinating tale that looks at this history from a fresh perspective. A key point, often forgotten in our rush to praise the Underground Railroad, is emphasized here-- that the real heroes were the slaves themselves, who risked everything for freedom.
Review Quote*A most worthy addition to the literature surrounding American slavery...
Review Quote*Karolyn Smardz Frost's superb research has produced a wonderful account of the underground railroad, elevating Thornton and Lucy Blackburn to their rightful place in the dramatic story of pre-Civil War slave resistance, abolition, and African American life on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. This finely detailed account depicts a truly international antislavery movement.
Review Quote*A deep-digging work of rich historical recovery, I've Got a Home in Glory Land is really two books: a biography of two famous runaways and a sifting of the rock-filled times in which they lived.
Review Quote*To retrace the journey of a runaway slave from the Ohio River Valley all the way to Canada is an immense challenge and a rare accomplishment. In her well-researched and well-written book, Karolyn Smardz Frost has done just that--and more. Bravo for Frost who has saved a remarkable story from the fate of other important histories that have been lost. Only by piecing together such stories and revealing the bold choices runaway slaves were forced to make, the dangers they faces, and the courage required to forge ahead, can we ever fully grasp how difficult it was for a slave in antebellum America to achieve freedom and just how desperate people can be to get free.