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

  • Anna

    3.5An interesting and at times sad story as most slave histories are.I was somewhat put off at the end by the authors insertion of his own political agenda....

  • 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...

  • Jennifer Hughes

    I saw this fascinating documentary of the same name recently and wanted to read the book behind it. I recommend if you are interested in Josiah Henson that you read the book first. The movie ends when...

  • 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...

  • Jillian

    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....

  • William Monaco

    A very interesting story that grabbed my attention early and then got lost in the weeds of managing Dawn and the BAI. Also, I didn't find Josiah's connection to Uncle Tom's Cabin that compelling nor d...

  • North Landesman

    Five stars for the first hundred and fifty pages. His flight from slavery and his setting up a refuge for freed slaves and becoming a preacher is fascinating. I did not need 100 pages of internal scho...

  • 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 ...