2.25.2013

The Price of Freedom

How One Town Stood Up
To Slavery

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday
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(pub. 1.8.2013) 48 pages 

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top

A uthor: Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
     and Illustrator: Eric Velasquez

haracter: People in Oberlin, Ohio, on the Underground Railroad

O verview from the jacket flap: 

      "John Price escaped from slavery on a wintry night in January 1856, willing to risk everything for a chance at freedom. He was lucky enough to find a new life in the town of Oberlin, Ohio, then home to many abolitionists and former slaves. But when slave hunters snatched him right off the road two years later, it seemed like that new life was over. Still, John risked everything one more time, yelling for help as a student from the local college passed the wagon.
        John thought his plea went unheard, but the college student sounded the alarm. The people of Oberlin - men and women, black and white - found the slave hunters in Wellington, Ohio, and demanded that Price be set free. When those demands were ignored, they - along with some Wellington residents - took matters into their own hands, risking their own lives and freedom in one of the most dramatic slave rescues in American history."
        
T antalizing taste: 

"Within minutes, hundreds of Oberlinians set out for Wellington. Farmers, shopkeepers, and ministers hurried off to rescue John Price. So did Oberlin College professors and students. Young and old, men and women, fathers and sons, black and white, armed and unarmed - people jammed the roads in carts and buggies, on foot, and on horseback."
                       
and something more:  The back matter of The Price of Freedom explains: "To this day Oberlinians are proud that their forebears followed the 'higher law' in slavery days. The Underground Railroad Sculpture stands on the college campus. Oberlin College student Cameron Armstrong created it in 1977 as part of an art-class project. The sculpture honors the role of the college and town in helping John Price and thousands of others escape slavery." The class of 1977 donated  funds to Oberlin College to preserve it as a permanent sculpture. A wonderful tribute to a courageous and commendable group of people!

6 comments:

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Sounds like a book that's perfect for Black History Month, Jeanne. The authors are new to me - definitely worth checking out. Thanks for sharing, jeanne! :)

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Thanks for stopping by, Myra. Yes, it's a story I hadn't heard about before -- an impressive group of people.

shelf-employed said...

I hadn't heard of this story either - always something new to learn in the life of a librarian! Thanks for participating in today's roundup. I'll feature all of the contributors tomorrow.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Thanks for hosting Nonfiction Monday today at Shelf-Employed!

Resh said...

Found your blog through Non Fiction Monday. Looks like a story about courage and standing up to what is right. Thanks for sharing!
-Reshama
www.stackingbooks.com

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

THanks for stopping by, Reshama. Yes, it's an inspiring true story. I'm off to check out stackingbooks.com.