This amazing journey, carefully researched by journalist and author Winifred Conkling, brings the reader right into the period before the Civil War. Through first person slave narratives, abolitionist writings, and other historical documents, Conkling illustrates the antebellum South and the nation’s capital at this turbulent time in United States history. Period photographs, illustrations, and documents complement the compelling narrative, with sidebars that inform and bring context to the narrative. With an easily searched index, a section with books and websites to visit for more information, a family tree, and a timeline, this work provides all the information a reader could need to delve into this period in history. While this book tells the tale of the largest attempted slave attempt in American history, it is a part of slavery that is too often ignored. This book gives great detail about slavery in Washington DC and Maryland, both eventually part of the Union, as well as the slave trade that continued within the United States long after slave imports were outlawed. This work of narrative non-fiction belongs in every school library, history classroom, and the shelf of anyone who enjoys the stories of the nation's history.
Passenger on the Pearl: the True story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery. By Winifred Conkling. 2015. Algonquin Young Readers, $17.95 (9781616201968). Gr. 6-9.