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 - 168 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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Mr. Parker was a businessman, an inventor, and a wonderful storyteller. He also was born into slavery, failed in escaping but succeeded in purchasing himself (and his freedom), and aggressively worked ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

John P. Parker (1827 – 1900) was an American abolitionist, inventor, iron moulder and industrialist. He helped hundreds of slaves to freedom in the Underground Railroad based in Ripley, Ohio.

Stuart Seely Sprague was a professor in history at Morehead State University from 1968 to 1995. His areas of concentration included Appalachian history and African American studies.

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