|About the Book|
Volume two of The Year of Jubilee picks up with the passage of the Federal Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. This volume further explores the complex relationship between Harrisburgs black and white abolitionists, details the efforts and activities ofMoreVolume two of The Year of Jubilee picks up with the passage of the Federal Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. This volume further explores the complex relationship between Harrisburgs black and white abolitionists, details the efforts and activities of each group as they worked separately at first, then learned to cooperate in fighting against slavery, and covers the role that each played in the shadowy and fast-changing world of the Underground Railroad. The book concludes with the invasion of Pennsylvania by the battle-hardened troops of the Army of Northern Virginia, in June 1863, and the reactions of the local African American population to that cataclysmic event. It is a book filled with heroes, heroines and villains, murderers, kidnappers, and victims, courtroom drama and secret plots. It places Harrisburg, Carlisle, York and Lancaster in the middle of some of the most dramatic events of the antebellum era involving high treason, street riots, sensational kidnappings and the potential for one final climactic battle that could forever change the lives of everyone in the capital city and possibly the entire North. Topics include the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, the Christiana Resistance, the James Phillips incident, the murder of William Smith, the various plots to rescue the Harpers Ferry raider, Wide-Awakes, recruitment for the U.S. Colored Troops in Harrisburg, the invasion of 1863, and much more.