Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery

Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery

The page-turning, heart-wrenching true story of one young woman willing to risk her safety and even her life for a chance at freedom in the largest slave escape attempt in American history.In 1848, Emily Edmonson, thirteen, along with five siblings and seventy other enslaved people, boarded the "Pearl "in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., in a bid to reach freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the six Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold. Emily and Mary were saved from the even crueler conditions when the threat of yellow fever forced their return to Virginia. They were eventually ransomed with the help of their parents and abolitionists, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, who later used them as models for characters in "Uncle Tom s Cabin." Both girls went to Oberlin College, where Mary died of tuberculosis. Emily graduated and became a teacher at the first school in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the education of African American girls and young women--an idea so controversial that even Frederick Douglass advised against it. Emily also worked on behalf of abolition for the rest of her life."Passenger on the Pearl" illustrates a turbulent time in American history as seen through the daily lives of enslaved people; the often changing laws affecting them; the high cost of a failed attempt to reach liberty; the fate of all fourteen of the Edmonson children and their mother, Milly, whose goal to die a free woman shaped the lives of all her children; and the stories of the slave traders and abolitionists whose lives intersected with the Edmonsons .With more than fifty period photographs and illustrations."

Title:Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery
ISBN:9781616201968
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    Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery Reviews

  • Monique

    Getting into my nonfiction on with this truly interesting read inspired by a student and purchased on Amazon by me…So a librarian dream happened as a seventh grade boy came running in the library as...

  • Annette

    PASSENGER ON THE PEARL by Winifred Conkling tells the true story of Emily Edmonson’s flight from slavery. The work of nonfiction for youth is an authentic portrayal of the heartbreaking reality of s...

  • Emily

    In the middle of the night on April 15, 1848, Emily Edmonson and five of her thirteen siblings, sneaked out of their masters' homes in Washington, D.C., and boarded the Pearl. If all went well, they a...

  • Ms. Yingling

    Amelia Culverson and Paul Edmondson were slaves in the early 19th century who had 14 children together, even though they knew that their children could be taken away from them by their masters at any ...

  • Melissa Parsons

    This follows the story of the Edmonson's as they escape from slavery. I thought the story itself was good. I enjoyed reading about the Edmonson family because I didn't know about it before. I love his...

  • Janka H.

    An interesting issue/educational material on the real historical event - the largest slave escape attempt in American history, tell through the story of one young slave girl. It is a year of 1848. The...

  • Rob Chappell

    For me, this was the most disturbing AND enlightening book that I have read (so far) about slavery in the United States. I had read about American slavery before, and I had seen it portrayed on TV and...

  • Sam

    I thought that Passenger on the Pearl was one of the best historical fiction books that I have read. The book is very easy to understand, and it even gives the reader real historical documents to supp...

  • Pat

    This is the story of Emily Edmonson, a slave in 1848. Emily and 75 other people attempted to sail north to freedom but instead were captured and sent to be sold in New Orleans. Because of a small pox...

  • Siera

    I recently finish reading Passenger on the Pearl. It was an exalting sorry of how a slave gained her freedom through hard times of slavery and risking all by escaping her owners with her sister on the...