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The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac

by Pacheco, Josephine F.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Summer 2005
ISBN: 0807829188

This book follows the story of 76 slaves as they tried to escape from the District of Columbia in the spring of 1848. Once captured, they were sold back into slavery in the Deep South. In addition to the tormented journey of the escaping schooner, the Pearl, Pacheco assesses the lives of slaves and freedmen in Washington at that time.

review of The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac, by Pacheco, Josephine F., Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2005).