LITERCURIOUS BOOK REVIEW
|Title||Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery|
and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
|Publisher||37 Ink (October 15, 2019)|
Richard Bell is the author of Stolen. He currently teaches Early American History at the University of Maryland.
In a word; humanity.
The time is 1825, the place Philadelphia, North America, and a small group of free black boys are about to be kidnapped. They are about to be transported as slaves to serve the needs and wants of a slave hungry South and its human Grissom for the Cotton Kingdom Mill. The real story, however, relates to the titanic strengths and fortitude exhibited by the 5 boys placed in the untenable excruciating predicament of having lived free and taken as slaves under the threat of violence. Despite the seemingly overwhelming odds, the boys seek ways to escape their bondage and return home. To discover if they manage to escape and the consequences of the events affecting their lives you will have to read it yourself. At its worst, this is one example of mans’ inhumanity to man. At its best, this is a call to the resilience of spirit and the power of unity in the face of extremes of privation and enormous adversity.
Masterfully written, flawlessly researched, and a tale of 5 free men abducted and taken on a journey of epic proportions. This is a work for our times; lest we forget. I cannot recommend this book enough.
My sincere thanks go to: NetGalley, and 37 Ink for affording me the opportunity to review “Stolen.”