A Plausible Man: The True Story of the Escaped Slave Who Inspired Uncle Tom's Cabin (Hardcover)

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A Plausible Man: The True Story of the Escaped Slave Who Inspired Uncle Tom's Cabin (Hardcover)

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The remarkable story of the man behind the book that helped spark the Civil War, in a stunning historical detective story

In December of 1850, a faculty wife in Brunswick, Maine, named Harriet Beecher Stowe hid a fugitive slave in her house. While John Andrew Jackson stayed for only one night, he made a lasting impression: drawing from this experience, Stowe began to write Uncle Tom's Cabin, one of the most influential books in American history and the novel that helped inspire the overthrow of slavery in the United States.

A Plausible Man unfolds as a historical detective story, as Susanna Ashton combs obscure records for evidence of Jackson's remarkable flight from slavery to freedom, his quest to liberate his enslaved family, and his emergence as an international advocate for abolition. This fresh and original work takes us through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the restoration of white supremacy--where we last glimpse Jackson losing his freedom again on a Southern chain gang.

In the spirit of Tiya Miles's prizewinning All That She Carried and Erica Armstrong Dunbar's Never Caught, Susanna Ashton breathes life into a striving and nuanced American character, one unmistakably rooted in the vast sweep of nineteenth-century America.
Susanna Ashton is professor of English at Clemson University. An expert on slavery and freedom narratives, she was a Du Bois fellow at Harvard's Hutchins Center, a fellow with Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center, and a Fulbright scholar. The author of Collaborators in Literary America, 1870-1920, she lives in Clemson, South Carolina.
Product Details ISBN: 9781620978191
ISBN-10: 1620978199
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: August 6th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English