Praise for "Finding Freedom"
"'Finding Freedom' puts flesh on the bones of one of the most dramatic episodes in Wisconsin history. Using a wealth of sources never before brought to light, the authors establish both the broad cultural context of Joshua Glover's rescue and the intimate details of his daily life in sweet freedom." —John Gurda, author of "The Making of Milwaukee"
"'Finding Freedom' is both universal and specific, for it simultaneously tells of the yearnings and risks taken by every freedom seeker — and of the unique aspects of Joshua Glover's exciting life story. Readers of every age and depth of historical knowledge will experience 'Ah, ha!' moments as they learn of Glover's adventures and how surprisingly interconnected these are with better-known people, places, and events in American history. This book is a most significant addition to the existing body of work on the Underground Railroad." —Glennette Tilley Turner, author of "The Underground Railroad in Illinois and Running for Our Lives"
"Joshua Glover has finally received his historical due! In previous accounts of his dramatic rescue, Glover seems less a flesh-and-blood human being than a case study of the operation of the Fugitive Slave Law and the Underground Railroad. Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald have succeeded in providing us with the most comprehensive and life-like reconstruction possible of 'Old Josh' the man and his times. This is a fascinating work of history." —John D. Buenker, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
"This much needed story has been wonderfully researched and is a well-written documentation of the workings and successes of the Underground Railroad. The work of these authors provides an invaluable piece of research to the history of Wisconsin and America." —Clayborn Benson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Black Historical Society
"A variety of historical accounts acknowledge this important episode in Wisconsin's history, but this fine book offers a detailed case study. 'Finding Freedom' broadens our understanding of Glover's life and the abolitionists who assisted him by tracing his steps backward to the auction block in the slave state of Missouri and forward to Etobicoke, Canada, where Glover lived as a free man." —Joe William Trotter, Jr., Mellon Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University, and author of "Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-45"