Stolen : five free boys kidnapped into slavery and their astonishing odyssey home

Stolen : five free boys kidnapped into slavery and their astonishing odyssey home
Bell, Richard, 1978-
  • Item Type: Book - 973.7115 BELL
  • Published: 2019
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Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. Their ordeal--an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still--shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery's rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. Impeccably researched and breathlessly paced, Stolen tells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America.

Related Subjects

Child slaves--United States--Biography.
Kidnapping victims--United States--Biography.
Fugitive slaves--United States--Biography.
African Americans--Biography.
Free African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.--History--19th century.
Slavery--United States--History--19th century.

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ISBN:

9781501169434 (hardback)

Personal Author:

Bell, Richard, 1978-

Title:

Stolen : five free boys kidnapped into slavery and their astonishing odyssey home / Richard Bell.

Edition:

First 37 INK/Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.

Publication Info:

New York : 37 INK, Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Publication Info:

©2019

Physical description:

318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Content Type:

text

Content Type:

still image

Media Type:

unmediated

Carrier Type:

volume

Contents:

Introduction: The reverse Underground Railroad -- Sanctuary city -- Black hearts -- Midnight land -- In-laws and outlaws -- The beaten way -- The body in the wagon -- The halfway house -- The lifeboat -- A living witness -- Hunting wolves -- Kidnappers all -- Conclusion: The first law of nature.

Subject term:

Child slaves--United States--Biography.

Subject term:

Kidnapping victims--United States--Biography.

Subject term:

Fugitive slaves--United States--Biography.

Subject term:

African Americans--Biography.

Subject term:

Free African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.--History--19th century.

Subject term:

Slavery--United States--History--19th century.

Geographic term:

United States--Race relations--History--19th century.

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