Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War by Scott Christianson

Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

byScott Christianson

Paperback | January 19, 2010

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Freeing Charles recounts the life and epic rescue of captured fugitive slave Charles Nalle of Culpeper, Virginia, who was forcibly liberated by Harriet Tubman and others in Troy, New York, on April 27, 1860. Scott Christianson follows Nalle from his enslavement by the Hansborough family in Virginia through his escape by the Underground Railroad and his experiences in the North on the eve of the Civil War. This engaging narrative represents the first in-depth historical study of this crucial incident, one of the fiercest anti-slavery riots after Harpers Ferry. Christianson also presents a richly detailed look at slavery culture in antebellum Virginia and probes the deepest political and psychological aspects of this epic tale. His account underscores fundamental questions about racial inequality, the rule of law, civil disobedience, and violent resistance to slavery in the antebellum North and South.  As seen in New York Times and on C-Span’s Book TV.

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Scott Christianson is the author of With Liberty for Some: 500 Years of Imprisonment in America and many other works. He lives in New York state.

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Title:Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 19, 2010Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252076885

ISBN - 13:9780252076886

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"A master storyteller, Christianson has a novelist's eye for picturing the places, events, and forgotten people who figured in his narrative. . . . A significant addition to the story of the coming of the Civil War."--Civil War Book Review