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In the Shadow of the Civil War

In the Shadow of the Civil War

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Six years before the onset of the Civil War, two courageous figures - one a free white man and one an enslaved black woman--risked personal liberty to ensure each other's freedom in an explosive episode that captured the attention of a nation on the brink of cataclysmic change. In this deeply researched account of the rescue of enslaved Jane Johnson by the former Philadelphia Quaker and fervent abolitionist Passmore Williamson, of the federal court case that followed, and of Johnson's selfless efforts to free the jailed Williamson, journalist Nat Brandt and filmmaker Yanna Kroyt Brandt capture the heroism and humanity at the heart of this important moment in American history.

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