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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karolyn Smardz Frost Narrator: Karen Chilton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781436112277
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It was the day before Independence Day, 1833. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be sold down the river, Thornton Blackburn planned a daring and successful daylight escape from their Louisville masters. Pursued to Michigan, the couple was captured and sentenced to return to Kentucky in chains. But Detroit’s black community rallied to their cause in the Blackburn Riots of 1833, the first racial uprising in the city’s history. Thornton and Lucie were spirited across the river to Canada, but their safety proved illusory when Michigan’s governor demanded their extradition.

Canada’s defense of the Blackburns set the tone for all future diplomatic relations with the United States over the thorny issue of the fugitive slave and confirmed the British colony as the main terminus of the Underground Railroad.

The Blackburns settled in Toronto, where they founded the city’s first taxi business, but they never forgot the millions who still suffered in slavery. Working with prominent abolitionists, Thornton and Lucie made their home a haven for runaways. When they died in the 1890s with no descendants to pass on their fascinating tale, it was lost to history—Lost, that is, until archaeologists brought the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn again to light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deep-digging work of rich historical recovery, I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land is really two books: a biography of two famous runaways and a sifting of the rock-filled times in which they lived.”

    Edward Ball, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Exhaustively researched and poignantly told…pulsates with the breathtaking urgency of a thriller.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Smardz Frost’s fascination with her subject and love of detailed historical documentation are evident in this engrossing look at a couple who defied slavery with their escape and their assistance to other fugitive slaves.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Karen Chilton’s masterful performance brings to life the eyewitness accounts of a daring escape while humanizing an academic narrative. Chilton makes her listener a co-conspirator in the ‘great social tool of the nineteenth century,’ as the Underground Railroad has been described…Chilton keeps listeners on pins and needles as they experience the fear of the escaping couple who are ‘stealing’ themselves. This is gem for any lover of American history. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Karolyn Smardz Frost is internationally recognized for her work in public archaeology and history.

About the Narrator

Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks and won an Audiofile Earphones Award.