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Sherri Winston

Great Escapes: Journey to Freedom, 1838


Winter, 1838. Kentucky. Determined to save her toddler son from being sold as a slave, the woman who became known as Eliza Harris trekked through the forest, in the dark of night with wild animals on her heels. Her goal: cross the Ohio River, the boundary between the North and the South, between slavery and freedom.

Although the journey would be perilous, Eliza looked out at the treacherous frozen waters and quickly decided she couldn't let fear stop her, especially when a new life — a free life — waited just on the other side.