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

ISBN-10: 0684870665
ISBN-13: 9780684870663
Edition: 2004
Authors: Ann Hagedorn
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 2/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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. InBeyond 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 hisLetters 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 Riveris 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.

Ann Hagedorn has been a writer for The Wall Street Journal and special projects editor for the New York Daily News and has taught narrative writing at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She currently lives in Ripley, Ohio.

Preface: A Double Life
The War Before the War
The Kindling and the Spark
Visions and Ideals
On the Wings of His Words
River of Anguish
"My Dear Brother"
The Lantern in the Window
1831
Speak Truth to Power
Family
Agitation
Mobocracy
The Seventy
Two Abductions and a Murder
1838
Waves Break on Either Shore
"Mercy Enough?"
The Trap
"The Matter Is Highly Mysterious"
Exposing the Chain
"These Men Are Dangerous"
The Unappeasable Spirit
Midnight Assassins
A New Season
Double or Nothing
By Fire and Sword
"Thus Have I Been Attacked"
"A Victim of the Slave Power"
Parker's Ferry
With Spur and Rein
Neighbors
Beyond the River
Prison Doors
The Quickening Flow
Broken Vessel
Echoes
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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