"Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, and thoroughly fascinating."
--Scott Mingus' "Cannonball Book Review Blog." 18 October 2010
"Writing is fluid, concise; it reads more like a sweeping novel than a historic account...[a] wonderful epic of Harrisburg's role in the forging of a nation where all people would be free."
-- Peter Durantine, The Burg News, May 2011.
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Slavery, Anti-slavery activism, Underground Railroad, Civil War...and much more.
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The Year of Jubilee is the story of Harrisburg's free African American community, from the era of colonialism and slavery to hard-won freedom.
Volume One, Men of God, covers the turbulent beginnings of this community, from Hercules and the first slaves, the growth of slavery in central Pennsylvania, the Harrisburg area slave plantations, early runaway slaves, early free black residents, the establishment of a free black community in Harrisburg, the first black entrepreneurs, the early black churches, the first black neighborhoods, and the maturing of the social institutions.
It also explains the Pennsylvania and federal laws governing slave ownership and the recovery of runaway slaves, the growth of colonialism, anti-colonialism, anti-slavery, abolitionism and radical abolitionism.
This volume concludes with the complex relationship between Harrisburg's black and white abolitionists, details the efforts and activities of each group as they worked separately at first, then learned to cooperate in fighting against slavery, and covers the role that each played in the shadowy and fast-changing world of the Underground Railroad.