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Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave
By Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the release of "Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave" (Hardcover: $18.95; ISBN 10: 0-87020-382-7 / ISBN 13: 978-0-87020-382-4) by Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald. This engaging account of Glover's escape from slavery 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.
But Glover's escape is only the beginning...
Most written accounts of Glover's life end with some variation of the phrase "and he escaped to Canada." This book is the first to follow runaway slave Joshua Glover through the 33 years of his life after his dramatic escape from Milwaukee's courthouse jail in 1854. Authors Jackson and McDonald do more than examine the political consequences of the "Glover Incident," they examine in detail one man's fascinating life story and introduce the many ordinary people, both black and white, with whom he interacted and encountered in his life. In so doing, they advance Glover to his rightful place in runaway slave literature and make Glover's story his own rather than that of the abolitionists who helped him.
Filled with bravery and compassion, "Finding Freedom" retraces the steps of one man determined to live his life unbound, and provides a personal window into a nation's struggle for the meaning of freedom, liberty, and justice.
Ruby West Jackson has worked as an educator, community activist, and costumed interpreter of pioneer black women in Wisconsin. A recipient of the National Park Service—Network to Freedom Award, she has served as the African American History Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society and has written frequently on black history.
Walter T. McDonald, a consultant in forensic psychology, has collaborated with Jackson to map Underground Railroad routes into and out of Wisconsin, and has served as a consultant for "Rope of Sand," a play about Joshua Glover.
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The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing since 1855, is the state's oldest publisher.