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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58 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.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjanne | 10/19/2013

    " I thought this book was interesting. There is not a lot of written histories about african americans prior to the civil war. I enjoyed learning more about the time period and human rights issues. The book is well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/28/2013

    " I really liked this, but it does read more like a research paper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hildy | 8/6/2012

    " Great non-fiction about the Underground Railway "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 4/6/2011

    " Debated between 3 and 4 stars. Very interesting and definitely worth reading, but very detailed so kind of long and draggy. I took a break in the middle and read another book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 12/17/2010

    " Interesting story of one couple's escape from slavery, but gives some history of the abolition movement and Canada's role while telling the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 8/12/2010

    " Interesting story of one couple's escape from slavery, but gives some history of the abolition movement and Canada's role while telling the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hildy | 3/29/2009

    " Great non-fiction about the Underground Railway "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjanne | 6/20/2007

    " I thought this book was interesting. There is not a lot of written histories about african americans prior to the civil war. I enjoyed learning more about the time period and human rights issues. The book is well researched. "

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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.