From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad (Paperback)
From Midnight to Dawn presents compelling portraits of the men and women who established the Underground Railroad and traveled it to find new lives in Canada. Evoking the turmoil and controversies of the time, Tobin illuminates the historic events that forever connected American and Canadian history by giving us the true stories behind well-known figures such as Harriet Tubman and John Brown. She also profiles lesser-known but equally heroic figures such as Mary Ann Shadd, who became the first black female newspaper editor in North America, and Osborne Perry Anderson, the only black survivor of the fighting at Harpers Ferry. An extraordinary examination of a part of American history, From Midnight to Dawn will captivate readers with its tales of hope, courage, and a people’s determination to live equally under the law.
About the Author
Jacqueline Tobin is the author of "Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad "and "The Tao of Women," She is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Denver, where she teaches courses in writing and research. She has spent the last fifteen years researching and writing on African American Civil War history and uncovering untold stories. Jacqueline lives in Denver with her husband, Stewart, and her dog, Sheba. She has two grown children, Alex and Jasmine, and a son in law, Patrick.
Hettie Jones's seventeen books include "How I Became Hettie Jones," a memoir of the "Beat Scene"; the poetry collection "Drive, "which won the Poetry Society of America's 1999 Norma Farber Award; "Big Star Fallin' Mama (Five Women in Black Music)";" "and "No Woman, No Cry, "a memoir with Bob Marley's widow, Rita. Jones's short prose and poetry have appeared in the" Village Voice," the" Washington Post," and elsewhere. She lives in New York City, where she teaches writing at the New School and the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center.
About Dorothy: Dorothy grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the youngest of six during Jim Crow and the Great Depression. In the 1950s, when her personal feelings of isolation pushed her to seek her place in the world, she "fell" into what would become her life's mission doing work on the "inter-racial" level, well before the terms Race Relations or white privilege were coined. Her newfound commitment took her on a journey working throughout the U.S. where witnessed several historical moments and people in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Putting off marriage and motherhood, she continued to educate herself on what she still didn't know about the role Race played in her life. After getting married "late" and moving to racially diverse Teaneck, New Jersey, she continued using what she knew to enlighten others as a consultant in the New York area and beyond, well past retirement. She finally began writing this story in her late sixties, surprised to discover that though she wasn't on the front lines, she too had contributed towards achieving liberty and justice for all. When dementia took effect in her late seventies, her daughter Kaypri took over the task of completing her mother's book for her 80th birthday. For more info: www.dorothystory.com I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know page on Facebook About Kaypri - Editor, Co-Author A graduate of Howard University's Department of Theater Arts, Kaypri has worked with adolescents for over a decade in the New Jersey suburbs, the Bedstuy/Bushwick sections of Brooklyn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Watts section of Los Angeles with the foster kid advocacy organization, Peace4Kids (www.peace4kids.org). Telling Dorothy's Story will always be her major literary achievement and greatest gift. As an actor she has been in several indie films and Webisodes (roomieloverfriends, Entangled With You) as well as off-Broadway in NYC with BABYGIRL, her solo play. Kaypri edited and completed Dorothy's Story www.dorothystory.com and is publishing two of her own projects in 2015. She also has a a screenplay about ACoA's (Adult Children of Alcoholics), an update on Beah Richard's A Black Woman Speaks, and a play about the idea of Saturn's Return, 4ever 27. She will also be launching her inspirational greeting card line, Priscilla Belle, in honor of her late Aunt Priscilla. (1911-2007). For more info on the adventures of Babygirl, Kaypri and Beyond, please visit www.kaypri.com.
“Illuminating and entertaining, From Midnight to Dawn offers a sweeping overview of the history of fugitive slaves in Canada and their interactions with the American anti-slavery movement.” —Chicago Tribune“Thoroughly researched and very readable.” —Rocky Mountain News"Accessible and fluidly written." —Publishers Weekly"A fascinating look at the shared history of the abolitionist movement and the development of freedmen settlements between the U.S. and Canada." —Booklist