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PRAISE FOR ROWING TO FREEDOM
"Rowing to Freedom is a remarkable and rare volume. We are fortunate that David Blight, a foremost authority on the slave narrative, has applied his considerable skills as historian and detective to these extraordinary stories of 'ordinary' men. As if their own stories of slavery and the flight to freedom were not fascinating enough, Blight has filled in the details of their lives after slavery in a way that re-creates both the turbulence and nearly unfathomable joy of emancipation. The narratives of Turnage and Washington will surely take their place among the most moving and instructive examples of the genre." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"Together, Blight's meticulous research and the previously unknown autobiographical writings of these two men bring to life with unprecedented power the human dimensions of slavery and emancipation." --Eric Foner
"Rowing to Freedom presents two of the most significant finds in the entire genre of slave narratives and of the primary material from the Civil War." --David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868–1919
"David Blight combines the authority of a great historian with the humanistic zeal of a novelist . . . Rowing to Freedom is a compelling account of two men of remarkable courage who, by writing down their stories, sought to make themselves visible. Neither man could have wished for a more sympathetic or knowledgeable interpreter than David Blight." --Caryl Phillips, author of A Distant Shore
A true five star book!
For students of American history, and particularly for those who are interested in the Civil War and Reconstruction period, this book is must reading.
The heart and soul of the work are the never-before-published emancipation narratives written by Wallace Turnage and John Washington.
It's nearly impossible to imagine what it must have been like to be a slave and to feel such an overpowering desire for freedom that someone is willing to do nearly anything to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Customer
In 2006 two families approached Civil War historian David Blight with old manuscripts. They had been passed down from grandfather to granddaughter, from granddaughter to best... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonathan Homrighausen
This was not fiction and I enjoyed learning about our history. There are so many stories to be told. These men were so fortunate to be able to write and share their stories.Published 6 months ago by asheart02
Too much author comment. I loved the actual escaped slave writing. It was stepping back in time, but the author could have shut up a bit more.Published 10 months ago by Huggie B
I purchased this book as a gift for my girlfriend's mom. Her mom is a history teacher and I heard that she LOVED it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by KJ
A Slave No More is many books in one. The heart and soul of the work are the never-before-published emancipation narratives written by Wallace Turnage and John Washington. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marc Comtois
Exactly what I expected and wanted. Very interesting read from former slaves during the Civil War. Great price also. ThanksPublished 15 months ago by Debb Mumford
A Slave No More by David W. Blight was an interesting book that showed point of view that I didn't know much about. Read morePublished 15 months ago by DaniellePer.6
Love the service it was fast and arrived earlier than what I expected. Satisfaction guaranteed. I think it was a great deal!!Published 15 months ago by KRONICkaren