His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 165 pages
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"Surpasses all previous slave narratives. . . . Usually we need to invent our American heroes. With the publication of Parker's extraordinary memoir, we seem to have discovered the genuine article." —Joseph J. Ellis, Civilization

John P. Parker is one of the few African Americans whose battle against slavery we can now turn to in his own words. He recounts dramatically how he helped fugitive slaves to cross the Ohio River from Kentucky and go north to freedom. He risked his life—hiding in coffins, diving off a steamboat with bounty hunters on his trail—and his freedom to fight for the freedom of his people.
  

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User Review  - wearylibrarian - LibraryThing

John Parker tells the story of his life as a slave and later as a conductor for the Underground Railroad. I enjoyed the book but I wish he had gone into more detail. Read full review

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User Review  - Deborah - Goodreads

Interesting stories of how the underground railroad functioned. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Sprague is professor emeritus of history at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

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