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

Paperback | January 29, 2008

byMary Kay Ricks

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On the evening of April 15, 1848, nearly eighty enslaved Americans attempted one of history's most audacious escapes. 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—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.

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. Escape on the Pearl reveals the incredible odyssey of those who were onboard, including the remarkable lives of fugitives Mary and Emily Edmonson, the two sisters at the heart of this true story of courage and determination.

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On the evening of April 15, 1848, nearly eighty enslaved Americans attempted one of history's most audacious escapes. 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—and put in motion a furiously fought battle over slavery in America that would con...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:January 29, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060786604

ISBN - 13:9780060786601

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“Compelling . . . gripping . . . connects the reader to the desperation and courage of freedom-seekers.”