The Road to Dawn by Jared A. Brock

The Road to Dawn

This sweeping biography immortalizes the man who was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin in an epic tale of courage and bravery in the face of unimaginable trials.Josiah Henson overcame incredible odds to escape from slavery and improve the lives of hundreds of freedmen throughout his long life. He found international fame--including visits to Windsor Castle and the White House--as the real "Uncle Tom" in the novel that ...


Details The Road to Dawn

TitleThe Road to Dawn
ISBN9781541773929
Author
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherPublicAffairs
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Military History, Civil War, North American Hi..., American History
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Reviews The Road to Dawn

  • Jessica
    2018-05-16
    'The Road to Dawn' was a good read, a reminder of how distorted humankind's perception of justice can be combined with the inspiring life of a great man.The style of the book is easy to read, but obviously thoroughly researched, with lots of references and footnotes to add extra information and clarify accuracy. It follows the life of Josiah Henson, a black slave whose character was part of the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom. I...
  • Bonnye Reed
    2018-05-03
    GNab This Biography of Josiah Henson, a man who proved the ideal to pattern her hero in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, takes up where that classic leaves off. Josiah, though not able to read or write until he was an adult, managed to enhance the lives of nearly everyone he met. He managed the marketing and the fields for his owner for years, and once he and his family escaped and made their way to Canada he took that innate intelligen...
  • Debbie
    2018-05-05
    "The Road to Dawn" is a biography about Josiah Henson, who lived from 1789 to 1883. He was born a slave in Maryland and remained a slave for 41 years. In real danger of being sold to a brutal master in the Deep South, he ran away to Canada with his wife and four young children. This was before the Underground Railroad, so he had to forge his own way north with occasional help from kindly strangers. As a preacher concerned for his fellow ex-slaves...
  • Gillian
    2018-05-29
    Fascinating story of a man who history has forgotten. Not the best writing but still an interesting books. 3 stars is for the poor writing.
  • Aria
    2018-03-27
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- A well-researched, informative, & interesting look at Mr. Josiah Henson, the man apon whom the book Uncle Tom's Cabin was largely (but not wholly) based. At first I thought this might be a 3 star read, b/c there are spots here & there where my mind started to wander. Mostly it held my attention, though. When I did find myself wandering out of the narrative I just put it down for...
  • Heather Kidd
    2018-05-02
    Josiah Hensen, a man every Canadian should know about!This book is about the real life of Josiah Henson, a former slave, who was made famous by Harriet Beecher Stowe's infamous Uncle Tom's Cabin, the book which was influential in provoking anti-slavery anger in the northern United States and Britain against the American South. Josiah Hensen is the inspiration behind the character of Uncle Tom, and many people called him Uncle Tom throughout his l...
  • Robert
    2018-04-22
    Growing up about 30 minutes from Dresden, Ont., visiting the Uncle Tom's Cabin historic site in high school, and reading a long-lost copy of The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, I thought I had a good grasp on the story of this former slave and, as the subtitle states, "the story that sparked the Civil War."Then I read The Road to Dawn by Jared A. Brock where I discovered there was more...
  • S.
    2018-05-16
    A gripping story that illuminates the remarkable life of a man history has forgotten. Josiah Henson faced countless adversities with grace, resilience, and strength of character that will inspire and challenge today’s readers. From birth to death Henson’s biography comes alive in Jared Brock’s book. It’s a fascinating read, that takes you on an unbelievable journey: from an illiterate, crippled 40+ year old slave, to a man of passion and ...
  • Laura
    2018-04-20
    I never realized how much I didn't know about Uncle Tom's Cabin until I read Jared Brock's book The Road to Dawn. To think that I grew up in such a historical area and yet the schools I attended ignored it. It makes me somewhat angry to have that part of history, especially in the town I grew up in, overlooked merely because of a person's skin colour. But Brock did an incredible job of tracing the life story of Josiah Henson (known as Uncle Tom) ...
  • Taryn Braband
    2018-05-27
    This book was fascinating. I've read many books about the Civil War and the period leading up to it, but never knew anything about Josiah Henson. I'm so glad I read this book and highly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in history, the human condition and/or cares anything about humanity. This is the true story of an extraordinary man who was born into slavery and lived 40-41 years of his life in servitude and bondage, and finally escap...
  • Brianna
    2018-05-22
    I’m not surprised that I loved this book considering the author. I have always very much enjoyed his writing, work and documentaries. I appreciate all the time and research he puts into making his books as factual as possible, and this one lived up to that as well! This is a story that needed to be told, and what a time we live in to tell it! It’s raw and has pages that are hard to stomach as we see the appalling conditions in which Josiah an...
  • Lailani
    2018-04-03
    I received this book thru a Goodreads giveaway . . . I really enjoyed the story of Josiah Henson. As most stories regarding slavery, the appalling, violent actions of one against another is heart breaking, but Josiah's character was amazing and inspiring. Brock's research seems quite thorough and connected the events of the time well and gave perspective to the challenges of escaping as well as buying ones freedom. As a previous reviewer stated, ...
  • Lisa Henderson-Farr
    2018-05-10
    Thank you to Perseus Books, Public Affairs and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I have always been interested in the slavery and civil war era. I am a Canadian and enjoyed reading about the events that took place very close to where I currently live. In the past I have mostly read books dealing with the American side of this time period so it was very informative to see how Canada played a role. Would de...
  • Laura
    2018-03-26
    This is the wonderful story of the largely unknown history of an amazing man, Josiah Henson, who endured brutal treatment while a slave for many years, but who went on to gain his freedom and to become a leader in the Underground Railroad, ushering 118 fellow slaves to freedom in the Canadian community of Dawn. Josiah, who came to be known as the Christian preacher, Fr. Henson, was as well highly influential and a leader in the growing abolitioni...
  • Ashley
    2018-05-28
    A fascinating read about a remarkable man who survived the horrors of slavery, made a daring escape with his family, and went on to live the rest of his life striving to help others and fight injustice. I did find the second half of the book to be a bit slower of a read than the first half, but an outstanding book nevertheless.
  • Shea
    2018-04-17
    The is about a honest man, that impacted history. Read and find out about Josiah Henson. Very good book!
  • Ron Dean
    2018-05-27
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  • Lisa Henderson-Farr
    2018-05-10
    Thank you to Perseus Books, Public Affairs and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I have always been interested in the slavery and civil war era. I am a Canadian and enjoyed reading about the events that took place very close to where I currently live. In the past I have mostly read books dealing with the American side of this time period so it was very informative to see how Canada played a role. Would de...
  • Emily P
    2018-05-22
    Very interesting book! Highly recommend this read. Josiah Henson was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. His story is shared in vivid detail and although it can be difficult to read, it is most timely. Thank you, #NetGalley, for the opportunity to read it!