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By Rona Arato

Josiah Hensons lifestyles is an epic story of 1 mans conflict opposed to evil and lack of awareness. by the point he was once six, Josiah have been offered 3 times. whilst he used to be 9, his familys proprietor beat him for attempting to discover ways to learn. regardless of his actual ache and emotional heartache, he by no means misplaced the feel of morality that was once his bedrock. After his get away, Josiah turned an recommend for these nonetheless in bondage. As a conductor at the Underground Railroad, he led 118 slaves to protection in Canada. operating for Freedom is the tale of a guy who proved that one individual could make a distinction in protecting and selling human rights.

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The following morning, as he was leaving for his daily farm chores, Charlotte ran out of the cabin after him. With tears streaming down her face, she clutched Josiah’s arm. ” The biggest problem now, as Josiah saw it, was how to carry the two youngest of his four children, who were only two and three years old. He asked Charlotte to sew a knapsack with strong thick straps that slipped over his shoulders. Josiah tested it by carrying the children outside at night. When he was certain he could hold them, he made his plans.

No one will break the seal for that is a state prison matter, an offence for which one can be sent to jail. ” This seemed like a sensible plan to Josiah. He gave his papers to Riley, who enclosed them in an envelope which he addressed and secured with three wax seals. Riley handed the envelope to Josiah, who stowed it in his carpetbag with his other possessions. Betrayed! Josiah, now without his horse, began his journey on foot. When, after several days, he reached the town of Wheeling, he boarded a boat for Kentucky.

Flushed with this new freedom, he held his head high, threw his shoulders back and walked with the confident stride of a free man. The more he experienced the miracle of his own emancipation, the more Josiah became convinced that slavery was a cruel and immoral institution that had to be abolished. A Black preacher Josiah was also discovering that he was a natural born speaker. People paid to hear him. After only six days of preaching in Cincinnati, he had $160 in his pocket. By the time he left Ohio for Maryland, several weeks later, he had $275 in cash, a fine horse and a new suit of clothes.

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