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Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

by Richard Bell
# UT2552 Paperback, 318 pages; 2020 (2019)
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In August 1825, five Black boys—four born free in Philadelphia, the fifth an escaped slave from New Jersey—were lured aboard a boat in the Delaware River, chained below deck, and launched on a harrowing journey into captivity. To fuel the growing demand for slave labor in the antebellum South, human traffickers frequently kidnapped free Black men, women, and children from northern cities and communities. Most of these unfortunate souls were sold into slavery, never to be seen by their families again. But the boys profiled in Stolen were among the rare few who came home, thanks to the boys' courage, the efforts of several unlikely allies, and some astonishing good luck. This true story lays bare a lesser-known layer of America's slavery history: the "Reverse Underground Railroad." Riveting, instructive, eye-opening, and heart-wrenching, Stolen is a must-read for contemporary Americans reckoning with our nation's ugly past. (KG)
 
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