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

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A colorful narrative, originally dictated to a journalist following the Civil War, chronicles the experiences of John P. Parker, a young slave forced from his family, who escapes, is caught, earns his way out of slavery, and becomes a key abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad.

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John Parker was born a slave in Virginia but managed to buy his freedom. He hated the injustice of slavery, and so for about 20 years before the Civil War devoted his life to the dangerous work of helping other blacks escape to freedom. This is one of only a few accounts of a black American's fight against slavery in his own words. Unpublished for nearly a century, it brings to life the American frontier of the mid-18th century in as thrilling a fashion as any John Ford film or historical novel.

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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.

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