The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War

The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War

A major literary moment: after being lost to history for more than a century, The Road to Dawn uncovers the incredible story of the real-life slave who inspired Uncle Tom's Cabin.

-He rescued 118 enslaved people
-He won a medal at the first World's Fair in London
-Queen Victoria invited him to Windsor Castle
-Rutherford B. Hayes entertained him at the White House
-He helped start a freeman settlement, called Dawn, that was known as one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad
-He was immortalized in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, the novel that Abraham Lincoln jokingly blamed for sparking the Civil War

But before all this, Josiah Henson was brutally enslaved for more than forty years.

Author-filmmaker Jared A. Brock retraces Henson's 3,000+ mile journey from slavery to freedom and re-introduces the world to a forgotten figure of the Civil War era, along with his accompanying documentary narrated by Hollywood actor Danny Glover.

The Road to Dawn is a ground-breaking biography lauded by leaders at the NAACP, the Smithsonian, senators, authors, professors, the President of Mauritius, and the 21st Prime Minister of Canada, and will no doubt restore a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history.

Title:The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War
ISBN:9781541773929
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    The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War Reviews

  • Jessica

    'The Road to Dawn' was a good read, a reminder of how distorted humankind's perception of justice can be combined with the inspiring life of a great man.The style of the book is easy to read, but obvi...

  • Bonnye Reed

    GNab This Biography of Josiah Henson, a man who proved the ideal to pattern her hero in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, takes up where that classic leaves off. Josiah, though not able to re...

  • Debbie

    "The Road to Dawn" is a biography about Josiah Henson, who lived from 1789 to 1883. He was born a slave in Maryland and remained a slave for 41 years. In real danger of being sold to a brutal master i...

  • Gillian

    Fascinating story of a man who history has forgotten. Not the best writing but still an interesting books. 3 stars is for the poor writing....

  • Aria

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- A well-researched, informative, & interesting look at Mr. Josiah Henson, the man apon whom the book Uncle Tom's Cabin was largely (...

  • Heather Kidd

    Josiah Hensen, a man every Canadian should know about!This book is about the real life of Josiah Henson, a former slave, who was made famous by Harriet Beecher Stowe's infamous Uncle Tom's Cabin, the ...

  • Robert

    Growing up about 30 minutes from Dresden, Ont., visiting the Uncle Tom's Cabin historic site in high school, and reading a long-lost copy of The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabit...

  • Daniel Manary

    It’s a rare book that changes your head as well as your heart, and Road to Dawn is just such a book. As a child, I have been to the "Uncle Tom's House" that commemorates Josiah's life and remember h...

  • S.

    A gripping story that illuminates the remarkable life of a man history has forgotten. Josiah Henson faced countless adversities with grace, resilience, and strength of character that will inspire and ...

  • Laura

    I never realized how much I didn't know about Uncle Tom's Cabin until I read Jared Brock's book The Road to Dawn. To think that I grew up in such a historical area and yet the schools I attended ignor...