To Free a Family by Sydney Nathans
The Journey of Mary Walker

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The result is a remarkable story of an extended biracial family that embarked on a 15-year effort to reunite Walker with her surviving children.
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To Free a Family tells the remarkable story of Mary Walker, who in August 1848 fled her owner for refuge in the north and spent the next seventeen years trying to recover her son and daughter. Her freedom, like that of thousands who escaped from bondage, came at a great price—remorse at parting without a word, fear for her family’s fate.
 

About Sydney Nathans

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Sydney Nathans is Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University.
 
Published February 20, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 360 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Stauffer on Feb 24 2012

The result is a remarkable story of an extended biracial family that embarked on a 15-year effort to reunite Walker with her surviving children.

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