The Road to Dawn by Jared A. Brock

The Road to Dawn

A major literary moment: after being lost to history for more than a century, The Road to Dawn uncovers the incredible story of the real-life slave who inspired Uncle Tom's Cabin.-He rescued 118 enslaved people-He won a medal at the first World's Fair in London-Queen Victoria invited him to Windsor Castle-Rutherford B. Hayes entertained him at the White House-He helped start a freeman settlement, called Dawn, that was known as one of the final st...


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

  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    '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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    "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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    ---- 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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Daniel Manary
    1970-01-01
    It’s a rare book that changes your head as well as your heart, and Road to Dawn is just such a book. As a child, I have been to the "Uncle Tom's House" that commemorates Josiah's life and remember hearing a small piece of his story. Or perhaps I heard more of it than I remember, because Josiah's story was not told there as well as Jared Brock tells it here.Perhaps the best summary of the story is a sentence from the book, "justice without viole...
  • S.
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Janice
    1970-01-01
    I had never even heard of Josiah Henson before I read this book. What a story of courage and steadfast character. Josiah had his flaws and weaknesses too but don't we all. It was fascinating to read how his story intertwined with Harriet Beecher Stowe and the writing of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The history behind how that book came to be was fun to read about.Very well written! I will add that I do not agree with the author's opinions at the end of the...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    The is about a honest man, that impacted history. Read and find out about Josiah Henson. Very good book!
  • Evelyn Foss
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed learning about Josiah Henson's remarkable life. He was the model for Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. The middle part of the book dragged a bit, otherwise it's a five star read.
  • Ron Dean
    1970-01-01
    05/20/2018