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

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

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 sta A major literary moment: after being lost to history for more than a century, The Road to Dawn uncovers the i...

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Title:The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War
Author:Jared A. Brock
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Genres:History
ISBN:1541773926
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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

  • Jillian
    May 29, 2018
    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. ...
  • Jennifer Hughes
    Sep 03, 2018
    I saw this fascinating documentary of the same name recently and wanted to read the book behind it. I recommend if you are interested in Josiah Henson that you read the book first. The movie ends when Josiah escapes to Canada, and there's a feeling of a kind of "happy ever after," whic...
  • Sandy
    Jul 17, 2018
    Someone could read a 100 books on slavery and they would all be different yet eerily the same. This is no exception. This man is incredible. I cannot begin to imagine what he and his family and others have gone thru. I cannot begin to comprehend walking from Kentucky to Canada carrying...
  • Lailani
    Apr 03, 2018
    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 qui...
  • Debbie
    May 05, 2018
    "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 wa...
  • Mike
    Aug 25, 2018
    Amazing story of a humble and honest man who only fought for the opportunities and betterment of others. A true unsung hero. ...
  • Laura
    Apr 20, 2018
    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...
  • Lauren
    Sep 15, 2018
    I had a bit of a slow time with this book, it was good but not enthralling. It was not a pager turner. It wasn?t exactly what I expected it was going to be but still an important part of history that I am glad I now know! The author got a little political at the end which wasn?t ev...
  • Lisa Henderson-Farr
    May 10, 2018
    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 curren...
  • William Monaco
    Sep 17, 2018
    A very interesting story that grabbed my attention early and then got lost in the weeds of managing Dawn and the BAI. Also, I didn't find Josiah's connection to Uncle Tom's Cabin that compelling nor did he make the case successfully that his story sparked Beecher Stowe's novel or the C...
  • Susan
    Jul 25, 2018
    Josiah Henson was the man whose story inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe to write "Uncle Tom's Cabin." A fascinating look at one man's life and struggle against the horrors of slavery. Great insight into the times. ...
  • Bonnye Reed
    May 03, 2018
    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 ...
  • Robert
    Apr 22, 2018
    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 th...
  • Anna
    Sep 17, 2018
    3.5 An interesting and at times sad story as most slave histories are. I was somewhat put off at the end by the authors insertion of his own political agenda. ...
  • Mike C
    Sep 08, 2018
    A spectacular biography for 150 pages that inexplicably goes totally off the rails. It?s like they just stopped editing it halfway through as there?s about 75 pages of political minutiae regarding the institute Henson helped found, and the book starts jumping all over the place. Th...
  • S.
    May 16, 2018
    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 ...
  • Suzanne Jacob
    Aug 19, 2018
    Wonderful story of the man on whom Harriet Beecher Stowe based Uncle Tom. Josiah Henson escaped to Canada and created a life there, though it seemed many white men "took him over." A good bio. Occasionally a bit draggy in sections, but chapters were broken into sections which made read...
  • Laura
    Mar 26, 2018
    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 C...
  • Jessica
    May 16, 2018
    '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 in...
  • Janice
    Jun 21, 2018
    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 Cab...
  • Shea
    Apr 17, 2018
    The is about a honest man, that impacted history. Read and find out about Josiah Henson. Very good book! ...
  • Ashley
    May 28, 2018
    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 ...
  • North Landesman
    Aug 15, 2018
    Five stars for the first hundred and fifty pages. His flight from slavery and his setting up a refuge for freed slaves and becoming a preacher is fascinating. I did not need 100 pages of internal school politics. The book should have been much, much shorter. ...
  • Heather Kidd
    May 02, 2018
    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 ...
  • Carol Arnold
    Oct 22, 2018
    This story of Josiah Henson was captivating from the start. But it was much more than the history of one man. It was the history of the horrific institution of slavery in the United States. I had never heard of Josiah before and was surprised to find that he was the inspiration for Har...
  • Aria
    Mar 27, 2018
    ---- 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...
  • Lucy
    Sep 16, 2018
    4 1/2 stars. Josiah Henson was an extraordinary man who I?d never heard of. The book?s subtitle suggests that his story sparked the Civil War. That might be a bit of a stretch but it?s no stretch to say that his story was an inspiration for ?Uncle Tom?s Cabin?. Josiah was b...
  • Taryn Braband
    May 27, 2018
    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 ab...
  • Daniel Manary
    Jun 02, 2018
    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, beca...
  • Brianna
    May 22, 2018
    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 ...