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By Mary Kay Ricks

At the night of April 15, 1848, approximately 80 enslaved american citizens tried considered one of history's so much audacious escapes. environment sail from Washington, D.C., on a schooner named the Pearl, the fugitives all started a bold 225-mile trip to freedom within the North—and installed movement a furiously fought conflict over slavery in the United States that will eat Congress, the streets of the capital, and the White residence itself. Mary Kay Ricks's unforgettable chronicle brings to lifestyles the Underground Railroad's biggest get away try, the likely immutable politics of slavery, and the people who struggled to finish it. get away at the Pearl unearths the very good odyssey of these who have been onboard, together with the striking lives of fugitives Mary and Emily Edmonson, the 2 sisters on the center of this precise tale of braveness and resolution.

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By March, Bell was in communication with Washington’s Underground Railroad 39 Chaplin. ” He was describing the Bell family. � The Underground Railroad cell in Washington that began with Torrey and Smallwood had now mushroomed into a well-organized group capable of planning an escape that would eclipse anything that had come before. But their dangerous scheme of sailing a large number of fugitives to freedom was off to a frightening start. After the Pearl had finally begun to pick up more speed after passing Alexandria, Drayton went down into the hold, where he saw nearly equal numbers of men and women, some boys and girls, and two small children.

Another source of worry for Drayton was the public path running along the shoreline tucked underneath the high bank. Drayton tensed at the sight of two unknown white men walking on the path and coming toward them. But thanks to the cover of darkness and the still-falling unpleasant rain, the men seemed to take little notice of the small baycraft and the dark figures quietly moving near the entrance of its hold. With precious little time before the river tide would turn against them, Sayres had returned to the vessel and then slipped off again.

While Drayton was finalizing details with his contacts in the city, Sayres and English were free to listen to first-term Senator Henry S. Foote, a proud slave owner from Mississippi, give one of the most rousing speeches of the evening, later printed in full by the Daily Union. William Chaplin had recently described him for readers of the Albany Patriot as being “in possession of those elements of character peculiar to the Southron—consisting of a species of Roman dignity . . having written one of the ablest works extant upon Mexico.

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