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Author Smardz Frost, Karolyn.

Title I've got a home in glory land : a lost tale of the underground railroad / Karolyn Smardz Frost.

Imprint New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    306.362 SMA    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xxv, 450 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-436) and index.
Contents Kentucky: Wade in the water, children -- There is a land beyond the river -- On Jordan's bank -- Troubling the waters -- I'm bound to go -- Now let me fly -- Detroit: Steal away, steal away, I ain't got long to stay here -- Tell old Pharaoh to let my people go! -- Canada: Oh, freedom! -- One more river to cross -- Wrestling Jacob -- At home in the promised land -- Soldiers in the Army of the Lord -- Gird up your sword -- Oh, wasn't that a wide river?
Summary As his bride, Lucie, was about to be "sold down the river" to the slave markets of New Orleans in 1831, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring escape from Louisville. Discovered by slave catchers in Michigan, they were slated to return to Kentucky in chains, until the black community rallied to their cause in the Blackburn Riot of 1833. The couple was spirited across the river to Canada, but Michigan's governor demanded their extradition. The Blackburn case was the first serious legal dispute between Canada and the United States regarding the Underground Railroad, and set precedents for all future fugitive-slave cases. The Blackburns settled in Toronto and founded the city's first taxi business. Working with prominent abolitionists, Thornton and Lucie made their home a haven for runaways. The Blackburns died in the 1890s, and a chance archaeological discovery in a downtown Toronto school yard brought their story to light.--From publisher description.
Subject Blackburn, Thornton, 1813 or 1814-1890.
Blackburn, Lucie, -1895.
Fugitive slaves -- Ontario -- Toronto -- Biography.
African Americans -- Ontario -- Toronto -- Biography.
Slaves -- Kentucky -- Biography.
African Americans -- Kentucky -- Biography.
Underground Railroad.
Antislavery movements -- North America.
Toronto (Ont.) -- Biography.
ISBN 0374164819 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780374164812 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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