I've got a home in glory land : a lost tale of the underground railroad
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|aSmardz Frost, Karolyn.
|aI've got a home in glory land :|ba lost tale of the underground railroad /|cKarolyn Smardz Frost.
|aA lost tale of the underground railroad
|a1st pbk. ed.
|aNew York :|bFarrar, Straus and Giroux,|c2008.
|axxv, 450 p.,  p. of plates :|bill., maps, ports. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -436) and index.
|aKentucky: 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?
|aAs 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.
It was the day before Independence Day, 1833. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be sold down the river, Thornton Blackburn planned a daring--and successful--daylight escape from their Louisville masters. Pursued to Michigan, the couple was captured and sentenced to return to Kentucky in chains. But Detroit's black community rallied to their cause in the Blackburn Riots of 1833, the first racial uprising in the city's history. Thornton and Lucie were spirited across the river to Canada, but their safety proved illusory when Michigan's governor demanded their extradition. Canada's defense of the Blackburns set the tone for all future diplomatic relations with the United States over the thorny issue of the fugitive slave, and confirmed the British colony as the main terminus of the Underground Railroad. The Blackburns settled in Toronto, where they founded the city's first taxi business, but they never forgot the millions who still suffered in slavery. Working with prominent abolitionists, Thornton and Lucie made their home a haven for runaways. When they died in the 1890s with no descendants to pass on their fascinating tale, it was lost to history. Lost, that is, until archaeologists brought the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn again to light.