Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad

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Simon and Schuster, 6.02.2004 г. - 352 страници
Beyond the River brings to brilliant life the dramatic story of the forgotten heroes of the Ripley, Ohio, line of the Underground Railroad.

From the highest hill above the town of Ripley, Ohio, you can see five bends in the Ohio River. You can see the hills of northern Kentucky and the rooftops of Ripley’s riverfront houses. And you can see what the abolitionist John Rankin saw from his house at the top of that hill, where for nearly forty years he placed a lantern each night to guide fugitive slaves to freedom beyond the river.

In Beyond the River, Ann Hagedorn tells the remarkable story of the participants in the Ripley line of the Underground Railroad, bringing to life the struggles of the men and women, black and white, who fought “the war before the war” along the Ohio River. Determined in their cause, Rankin, his family, and his fellow abolitionists—some of them former slaves themselves—risked their lives to guide thousands of runaways safely across the river into the free state of Ohio, even when a sensational trial in Kentucky threatened to expose the Ripley “conductors.” Rankin, the leader of the Ripley line and one of the early leaders of the antislavery movement, became nationally renowned after the publication of his Letters on American Slavery, a collection of letters he wrote to persuade his brother in Virginia to renounce slavery.

A vivid narrative about memorable people, Beyond the River is an inspiring story of courage and heroism that transports us to another era and deepens our understanding of the great social movement known as the Underground Railroad.
 

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BEYOND THE RIVER: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad

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Journalist and nonfiction author Hagedorn (Ransom, 1998, etc.) retrieves the largely unsung efforts of abolitionists in a small Ohio town who helped several hundred slaves escape to freedom.The ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

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Compellingly told and interesting to the end. It describes life in Ripley, Ohio in the early nineteenth century as the Rankin family works to transform much of the town into a major hub on the ... Прочетете пълната рецензия

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A Double Life
1
The War Before the War
5
The Kindling and the Spark
7
Visions and Ideals
16
On the Wings of His Words
25
River of Anguish
36
My Dear Brother
43
The Lantern in the Window
51
The Matter Is Highly Mysterious
153
Exposing the Chain
166
These Men Are Dangerous
180
Midnight Assassins
199
Double or Nothing
208
By Fire and Sword
215
A Victim of the Slave Power
226
With Spur and Rein
238

Speak Truth to Power
65
Family
75
Agitation
90
Mobocracy
102
The Seventy
113
Two Abductions and a Murder
123
1838
133
Waves Break on Either Shore
135
Mercy Enough?
140
The Trap
144
Neighbors
245
Prison Doors
251
The Quickening Flow
259
Broken Vessel
267
Echoes
275
Acknowledgments
281
Selected Bibliography
313
Index
319
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Ann Hagedorn has been a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has taught writing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her previous books are Wild Ride, Ransom, Beyond the River, and Savage Peace.

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