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The Resource To free a family : the journey of Mary Walker, Sydney Nathans

To free a family : the journey of Mary Walker, Sydney Nathans

Label
To free a family : the journey of Mary Walker
Title
To free a family
Title remainder
the journey of Mary Walker
Statement of responsibility
Sydney Nathans
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What was it like for a mother to flee slavery, leaving her children behind? To Free a Family tells the remarkable story of Mary Walker, who in August 1848 fled her owner for refuge in the North and spent the next seventeen years trying to recover her family. Her freedom, like that of thousands who escaped from bondage, came at a great price<U+2014>remorse at parting without a word, fear for her family<U+2019>s fate. This story is anchored in two extraordinary collections of letters and diaries, that of her former North Carolina slaveholders and that of the northern family<U+2014>Susan and Peter Lesley<U+2014>who protected and employed her. Sydney Nathans<U+2019> sensitive and penetrating narrative reveals Mary Walker<U+2019>s remarkable persistence as well as the sustained collaboration of black and white abolitionists who assisted her. Mary Walker and the Lesleys ventured half a dozen attempts at liberation, from ransom to ruse to rescue, until the end of the Civil War reunited Mary Walker with her son and daughter. Unlike her more famous counterparts<U+2014>Harriet Tubman, Harriet Jacobs, and Sojourner Truth<U+2014>who wrote their own narratives and whose public defiance made them heroines, Mary Walker<U+2019>s efforts were protracted, wrenching, and private. Her odyssey was more representative of women refugees from bondage who labored secretly and behind the scenes to reclaim their families from the South. In recreating Mary Walker<U+2019>s journey, To Free a Family gives voice to their hidden epic of emancipation and to an untold story of the Civil War era
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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10075128
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nathans, Sydney
Dewey number
  • 306.3/62092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E450.W322
LC item number
N37 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Walker, Mary
  • Walker, Mary
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Women slaves
  • African American women
  • Family reunions
  • Cambridge (Mass.)
  • Orange County (N.C.)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the journey of Mary Walker
Label
To free a family : the journey of Mary Walker, Sydney Nathans
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: A Secret Striving -- Reluctant Runaway -- Sanctuary -- "In the Midst of Friends" -- "Never Reject the Claims of Fugitive" -- The Rescue Plot -- "A Spirit Like a Dove" -- A Season of Silence -- "A Case of Heart-Rending Distress" -- If They Die for Their Freedom, Amen -- "The Welfare of Her Race" -- "To Part No More" -- Epilogue: "Their Works Do Follow Them."
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
330 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674062122
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011023122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 709670250
  • (OCoLC)709670250
Label
To free a family : the journey of Mary Walker, Sydney Nathans
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: A Secret Striving -- Reluctant Runaway -- Sanctuary -- "In the Midst of Friends" -- "Never Reject the Claims of Fugitive" -- The Rescue Plot -- "A Spirit Like a Dove" -- A Season of Silence -- "A Case of Heart-Rending Distress" -- If They Die for Their Freedom, Amen -- "The Welfare of Her Race" -- "To Part No More" -- Epilogue: "Their Works Do Follow Them."
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
330 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674062122
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011023122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 709670250
  • (OCoLC)709670250

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