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

His Promised Land The Autobiography of John P Parker Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad In the words of an African American conductor on the Underground Railroad His Promised Land is the unusual and stirring account of how the war against slavery was fought and sometimes won John P Park

  • Title: His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad
  • Author: John P. Parker
  • ISBN: 9780393317183
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the words of an African American conductor on the Underground Railroad, His Promised Land is the unusual and stirring account of how the war against slavery was fought and sometimes won John P Parker 1827 1900 told this dramatic story to a newspaperman after the Civil War He recounts his years of slavery, his harrowing runaway attempt, and how he finally bought hisIn the words of an African American conductor on the Underground Railroad, His Promised Land is the unusual and stirring account of how the war against slavery was fought and sometimes won John P Parker 1827 1900 told this dramatic story to a newspaperman after the Civil War He recounts his years of slavery, his harrowing runaway attempt, and how he finally bought his freedom Eventually moving to Ripley, Ohio, a stronghold of the abolitionist movement, Parker became an integral part of the Underground Railroad, helping fugitive slaves cross the Ohio River from Kentucky and go north to freedom Parker risked his life hiding in coffins, diving off a steamboat into the river with bounty hunters on his trail and his own freedom to fight for the freedom of his people.

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

    1. Amanda

      This book spurred my interest in Afro-American history. Parker's autobiography is a rare gem in that is is a first-hand account of a Black conductor on the Underground Railroad. Lost in a university library in manuscript form for decades, its recent rediscovery adds an important chapter to the story of the UR. Aside from its academic significance, though, Parker's story is fascinating. A former slave, he bought his freedom, puched out a white guy who stole his ideas for an agricultural invention [...]

    2. Rachelle Wallace

      Absolutely incredible. His accounts are given so 'matter-of-factly' that it's hard to believe he wasn't more angry. His contributions to the U.S. and it's rich history should be taught, not just stumbled across in the local library. Incredible.

    3. Marlene Rockmore

      I found out about this book -- which is a transcription -- when I went on an impromptu trip with my friend Suzy to Ripley Ohio, on the banks of the Ohip River. Across the river is Kentucky, and this is the water that was wide that fugitive slaves had to cross to make their way to Canada. John Parker was born into slavery, and this story is a tale of courage and humanity that is exciting. Why don't we know more? Jphn Parker as a child walked in chains from Virginia to Alabama, manage to buy his f [...]

    4. LynetteLee (J.Kirby)

      Excellent primary source of the Underground Railroad. John P. Parker describes his events of being a former slave and how defied his white masters to reach freedom. After becoming free, Parker then sought to build a safeway house for fugitive slaves. He then became a conductor and rescued over 400 slaves from the South. Although, this book is a short read, it gives great testament of what the slaves endured in bondage and along freedom road. It also illustrates the struggles that Parker and his [...]

    5. Colin

      John Parker led an amazing life. The events he tells of here read like an adventure novel. But the way he tells his story also hints at how he thought, and that always somehow gets polished out of even sensitive later histories. Parker's prose is often beautiful. Sometimes it is cut by moralizing and melodramatic clichés, too. Maybe these make sense in a 19th century world of sermons and Shakespeare-revival, but Parker lived dramatically and won moral victories. This way of speaking may have ha [...]

    6. Lauren

      If you think life ever stinks, try being John P. Parker for a day! This book has got to be one of the best books I have ever read in my life. Inspirational, tragic, dramatic, adventurous, humorous, a wonderful ending to bootyou just can't get any better than reality! With his writing style, you really do feel like you were there. Just go buy it and own ityou'll want to read it over and over.

    7. Marguerite

      This is a little uneven, and it's hard to know how much of it reflects John Parker's voice. But there's good information here about the Underground Railroad, especially the dynamics in Ripley, Ohio. This is one of about eight books I have. The collection provides a more detailed and balanced picture.

    8. Susan

      A very interesting account of the experiences of one black man active in the underground railway. A scene in the book depicts the real "Eliza" character from Uncle Tom's Cabin. The story is quite similar and is the account Harriet Beecher Stowe took her scene of Eliza crossing the river. Fascinating insight to the operation.

    9. Tim

      This is one of those late 19th century autobiographies that is too self-satisfied, high-intentioned and highly moral to be quite believable. That being said, it is a fascinating ground level insight into the underground railroad operations in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio and Indiana.

    10. Jourdan

      Alright, I think I'm going to have to leave this one unfinished. I had to read it in school and then I realized I could get away with doing the assignment with the book unfinished. It was ok. It was mostly kind of slow. I'm into this kind of stuff but the book isn't something I'm dying to finish.

    11. Regina

      I could not put this book down! This piece of history took place only a few miles from where I live so that made it particularly interesting. Now I can't wait to visit this man's home, which is now open to the public. This is a great story to pass on to your children as well. Incredible heroism.

    12. Sharon Zink

      Go out and find this book right now! It may be the best book I will read in 2011. Too bad it is so short.

    13. TinaM

      Read this book, then go to Ripley, Ohio and stand on the banks of Ohio and look up at the sleepy little town and imagine it 150 years ago. It will come alive.

    14. Maria

      Very interesting history of the Underground Railroad and the impact Cincinnati and Ripley, Ohio had on it.

    15. Maddie Brown

      very fascinting read. If you are looking for a book that gives insight into what slavery in the South was like, try this book.

    16. Mike

      Outstanding autobiography of a slave buying his freedom and becoming a conductor on the Underground Railroad in Ripley, OH. One of the few such autobiographies.A must read for everyone!

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