The Road to Dawn by Jared Brock audiobook

The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War

By Jared Brock
Read by  Ryan Vincent Anderson

PublicAffairs, Hachette Book Group 9781541773929
9.78 Hours Unabridged
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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 stops on the Underground Railroad. He was immortalized in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the novel that Abraham Lincoln jokingly blamed for sparking the Civil War. But before all this, Josiah Henson was brutally enslaved for more than forty years. Author and filmmaker Jared A. Brock retraces Henson’s 3,000-mile journey from slavery to freedom and re-introduces the world to a forgotten figure of the Civil War era, along with his accompanying documentary narrated by Hollywood actor Danny Glover. The Road to Dawn is a groundbreaking biography lauded by leaders at the NAACP, the Smithsonian, senators, authors, professors, the president of Mauritius, and the twenty-first prime minister of Canada, and will no doubt restore a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history.

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Summary

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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 stops on the Underground Railroad.
  • He was immortalized in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the novel that Abraham Lincoln jokingly blamed for sparking the Civil War.

But before all this, Josiah Henson was brutally enslaved for more than forty years.

Author and filmmaker Jared A. Brock retraces Henson’s 3,000-mile journey from slavery to freedom and re-introduces the world to a forgotten figure of the Civil War era, along with his accompanying documentary narrated by Hollywood actor Danny Glover.

The Road to Dawn is a groundbreaking biography lauded by leaders at the NAACP, the Smithsonian, senators, authors, professors, the president of Mauritius, and the twenty-first prime minister of Canada, and will no doubt restore a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ryan Vincent Anderson offers a solid narration of this compelling work. His voice exactly suits the material. He handles quotes and dialects with facility, and he varies his pace slightly at times to fit the mood of the account. More importantly, he doesn’t offer false emotion or get in the way of the story. He lets the real-life drama carry the listener as only a good narrator working with quality material can do. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Fabulous…highly recommended.” Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author
“A captivating biography of superb scholarship.” Library Journal (starred review)
“[A] vivid….moving account of Henson’s life and a book from which readers will learn a great deal about the struggle against slavery.” Publishers Weekly
“Jared Brock’s biography of Josiah Henson is an impressive effort to piece together the story of a man nearly lost to history and broken by slavery. The Road to Dawn is sure to become required reading in the archives of African American history.” Lonnie G. Bunch, III, founding director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
“Expertly casts Josiah Henson’s heroic struggle for emancipation against the backdrop of a national fight for freedom and, in doing so, re-introduces a vital character to American history.” Jamie Glavic, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
“This book captures the triumph of the human spirit over slavery and of man’s inhumanity to man. Josiah Henson exhibited an indefatigable determination to live a life dedicated to the realization of educational opportunities and self-sufficiency for all. We can never know too much about those who paved the way and about those upon whose shoulders we stand.” Lillie R. Hughes, National Council of Negro Women

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Author Bio: Jared Brock

Author Bio: Jared Brock

Jared Brock is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, Bearded Gospel Men, and The Road to Dawn. He is the director of Over 18, Red Light Green Light, and Josiah, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, the Huffington Post, and Writer’s Digest.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English