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'Finding Freedom' Audio Book Released

This oil painting show the last slave sale from the steps of St. Louis Courthouse, 10 years after Joshua Glover was sold from that spot to Benammi S. Garland (image courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society Museum Collections)

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the release of the audio version of the book, "Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave" by Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald. Read by Jim Fleming on Wisconsin Public Radio's program, "A Chapter A Day,"™ this story is now available on CD and via digital download. The 'Finding Freedom' audio book provides listeners with the first narrative account of the life of Joshua Glover, the runaway slave who was famously broken out of jail by thousands of Wisconsin abolitionists in 1854. Employing original research, the authors chronicle Glover's days as a slave in St. Louis, his violent capture and thrilling escape in Milwaukee, his journey on the Underground Railroad, and his 33 years of freedom in rural Canada.

Galvanizing the Abolitionist Movement in Wisconsin

The cover of "'Finding Freedom' Audio Book"

This engaging account of Glover's escape from slavery in Missouri to his violent capture and imprisonment in Milwaukee is a story that resonates on levels both personal and political. Glover's escape helped to galvanize the abolitionist movement in Wisconsin and led Wisconsin to become the only state in the union to declare the federal Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional. A bittersweet story of bravery and compassion, "Finding Freedom" provides the first full picture of the man for whom so many fought, and around whom so much history was made.

About the Authors

The great-granddaughter of slaves, Ruby West Jackson has worked as a teacher and lecturer, community activist, and costumed interpreter of pioneer black women in Wisconsin. A recipient of the National Parks Service–Network to Freedom Award, she has served as the African-American history coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society and has written and consulted frequently on black history and slave stories.

Walter T. McDonald spent 50 years as a forensic psychologist. Over the course of his 30-year collaboration with Jackson, McDonald has mapped Underground Railroad routes into and out of Wisconsin and served as a script consultant for "Rope of Sand," a play about Joshua Glover and the Fugitive Slave Act commissioned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for its sesquicentennial.

:: Posted May 14, 2012

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