Beyond the River (Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 2003/ Paperback, 2004) is documented partly in antebellum court records, the book tells the story of one of the most successful social movements in American history: the grassroots network of men and women who assisted fugitive slaves to escape to freedom. It brings to life the struggles of abolitionists and expands the definition of such heroes to include women, people of African descent, and youth. The narrative is set in a town along the Ohio River that was a hub for anti-slavery activists, that had direct ties to Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Lloyd Garrison, among others, and that was where Stowe discovered the story that was the centerpiece for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Selected by the American Library Association as one of the “25 most notable books in America.” Beyond the River is under a film option.
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Praise for Beyond the River:
“Beyond the River is as vivid in its narration as it is scrupulous in its scholarship.” — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
“Beyond the River is that rare, rewarding work, a history of such love and detail that it resonates far beyond its ostensible subject.” — The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A groundbreaking chronicle [that] sheds new light on one of the most dramatic chapters in American history.” — Smithsonian
“Hagedorn conveys this complex history deftly and with impact.” — The Washington Post Book World
“The ground-level focus gives Hagedorn’s story the flavor and fire of an era …” — Time