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Stephanie Reed has written another book as well:
The Light Across the River
Thank you to Kregel Publishers and Stephanie Reed for my free review copy.
The Kregel Book Tour was August 15-19.
Published by Kregel 2011, originally published 2004
Biography/Underground Railroad/Early 19th Century/Slavery/Abolitionist's
Written for young adult reader's, but I feel for adult reader's as well.
When Lowry Rankin is almost 9 years old, he and his family move from Kentucky to across the Ohio River to Ripley, Ohio. Lowry's father is Reverend John Rankin a Presbyterian minister and abolitionist. At an early age Lowry is deeply affected by slavery. He witnessed the abuse and brutality of black slaves under the bondage of white slave masters. The Rankin family's red brick home in Ripley, Ohio becomes the first stop in the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad.
|Rankin family home in Ripley, Ohio.|
|Looking out the Rankin family home window at the Ohio River.|
I wish the book had been longer, there was so much more of the story I would have loved to read.
Across The Wide River gave me a better view of what it was like for the runaway slave escaping across the river in fear of their lives, with the hope of freedom on the other side.
I learned what it was like for those that escorted the black men and women and children to their next destination.
The network of people involved in the Underground Railroad was larger that I realized. In looking back when I was in school it is a shame that we did not study more about this history.
The abolitionist's were faith driven and heroic in their willingness to put their life in danger for the sake of others.
The author Stephanie Reed had a life long mission to study and write about the Underground Railroad that was in Ripley, Ohio. She states that as a young girl she would pass by the Rankin home on her way to visit her grandparents. She stated that she "spent years doing library research." She noted that she interviewed descendants of the Rankin's.