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Passenger on the Pearl : the true story of Emily Edmonson's flight from slavery

Author: Winifred Conkling
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold into even crueler conditions. Passenger on the Pearl is the story of this thwarted escape, of the ramifications of its attempt, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Juvenile books
Biography
History
Juvenile works
1160L
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Emily Edmonson; Edmondson family; Edmondson family.; Edmondson family.; Emily Edmonson; Emily Edmonson; Edmondson family
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Winifred Conkling
ISBN: 9781616201968 1616201967 9781616205508 1616205504
OCLC Number: 866938497
Description: 170 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A mother's sorrow --
Escape: April 15, 1848 --
Against the tide --
Chasing the Pearl --
Capture --
Back to Washington --
Sold --
Baltimore --
New Orleans --
An unexpected reunion --
$2,250: the price of freedom --
Ransomed --
The trial of Captain Daniel Drayton --
A radical education --
Chaplin's surrender --
Pardoned --
"The last two drops of blood in my heart" --
Emily, alone --
Homecoming.
Responsibility: Winifred Conkling.

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In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold into even crueler conditions. Passenger on the Pearl is the story of this thwarted escape, of the ramifications of its attempt, and of a family for whom freedom was the ultimate goal. Conkling takes readers on Emily Edmonson's journey from enslaved person to teacher at a school for African American young women. Her path crosses those of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe, inspiring the character of Emmeline in Uncle Tom's Cabin. She also illuminates a turbulent time in American history, showing the daily lives of enslaved people, the often-changing laws affecting them, the high cost of a failed escape, and the stories of slave traders and abolitionists.

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