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Escape on the Pearl The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad

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ISBN-10: 0060786604

ISBN-13: 9780060786601

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mary Kay Ricks, Mary K. Ricks

List price: $17.99
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On the evening of April 15, 1848, seventy-seven slaves attempted one of history's most audacious escapes-- and put in motion a furiously fought battle over slavery in America that would consume Congress, the streets of the capital, and the White House itself. Setting sail from Washington, D.C., on a schooner named the "Pearl," the fugitives began a daring 225-mile journey to freedom in the North. Mary Kay Ricks's unforgettable chronicle brings to life the Underground Railroad's largest escape attempt, the seemingly immutable politics of slavery, and the individuals who struggled to end it. All the while, Ricks focuses her narrative on the intimate story of two young sisters who were onboard…    
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 1.04" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A former attorney at the Department of Labor, Mary Kay Ricks has written about Washington history in numerous publications including the Washington Post . She is the founder of Tour DC (, which features in-depth walking tours in the nation's capital, and lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

Two Young Girls Join an Audacious Escape
Washington's Underground Railroad
Slavery in the Washington Area
Waves in Congress
The Fate of the Edmonsons
Trials and Tribulations
More Legal Maneuvers; the Sisters Head North
The Fugitive Slave Act and the Great Protest Meeting
The Struggle to Free Drayton and Sayres; Mary and Emily Go to Oberlin
Emily Comes Home; Samuel Edmonson Escapes Again
Dred Scott and the Rise of Lincoln
Freedom in the District of Columbia
Emily and Samuel Return to Washington; John Is Found
The Edmonson Farm
The Fugitives