His Promised Land: The Autobiography Of John P Parker Former Slave And Conductor by Stuart Seely SpragueHis Promised Land: The Autobiography Of John P Parker Former Slave And Conductor by Stuart Seely Sprague

His Promised Land: The Autobiography Of John P Parker Former Slave And Conductor

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Paperback | January 6, 1998

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In the words of an African American conductor on the Underground Railroad, His Promised Land is the unusual and stirring account of how the war against slavery was fought—and sometimes won. John P. Parker (1827—1900) told this dramatic story to a newspaperman after the Civil War. He recounts his years of slavery, his harrowing runaway attempt, and how he finally bought his freedom. Eventually moving to Ripley, Ohio, a stronghold of the abolitionist movement, Parker became an integral part of the Underground Railroad, helping fugitive slaves cross the Ohio River from Kentucky and go north to freedom. Parker risked his life—hiding in coffins, diving off a steamboat into the river with bounty hunters on his trail—and his own freedom to fight for the freedom of his people.
Stuart Seely Sprague was a professor in history at Morehead State University from 1968 to 1995. His areas of concentration included Appalachian history and African American studies.
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Title:His Promised Land: The Autobiography Of John P Parker Former Slave And ConductorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.44 inPublished:January 6, 1998

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ISBN - 10:0393317188

ISBN - 13:9780393317183

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Risking his own life on many occasions, John P. Parker, former slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad, helped fugitive slaves to cross the Ohio River from Kentucky and go north to freedom. In his autobiography, Parker tells his compelling story, "as a slave seeking escape and then as a free man aiding others, fighting (his) own personal war on slavery" (Jonathan Yardley, "Washington Post"). Optioned for film by TriStar for Jonathan Demme. Photos

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John P. Parker was an extraordinary man…He seems to have been that true American rarity, a person who spent much of his life facing racial battles yet saw the world through colorblind eyes…He lived a perpetual Perils of Paul and did so with unending zest…Now he can be given his due. — Jonathan Yardley (Washington Post Book World)Riveting…Astonishing and believable. — Nell Irvin PainterA rip-roaring adventure yarn…History of the best kind. — Kirkus Reviews