When We Get to Heaven: Runaway Slaves on the Road to Peterboro

When We Get to Heaven: Runaway Slaves on the Road to Peterboro
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"I never did sleep on a bedstead till after freedom...."
"There came this evening an old black man, a young one and his wife and infant...."
"Slavery is the next thing to hell...."
Peterboro, New York is home to the National Abolition Hall of Fame. More than 140 years ago, as the home of national abolition leader Gerrit Smith, it had a different name: some called it 'Heaven'.
This compelling book by scholar and Peterboro resident Norman K. Dann, Ph.D. is a must-read for anyone who wants to know about slavery in America. It describes the origins of slavery and details the lives of slaves on Southern plantations, with first-person narratives by slaves and their owners.
When We Get To Heaven documents the struggles of those who risked their lives to escape slavery, and in doing so, passed through this quiet Central New York stop on the Underground Railroad.<
"This book takes an important step toward recovering the true story of the Underground Railroad from the fog of myth and legend to which it was so long abandoned."
-Fergus M. Bordewich
Author of the best-seller Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement

"This is history in the best tradition of public history: informative, accessible, and written for anyone interested in how the struggle to hold liberty's torch high played out in one small upstate New York Community. Norm Dann confirms the wisdom of establishing a National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in the place he chooses to call home."
-Milton C. Sernett, Ph.D.
Prof. Emeritus-African American Studies and History, Syracuse University
Author of HARRIET TUBMAN: Myth, Memory and History