Price of Freedom, The: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery by Dennis Brindell Fradin


Being a history nerd, particularly when it comes to the Civil War era, I am ashamed to say that I had never heard of the “Oberlin-Wellington Rescue” until I read this book. I found the story to be inspiring and the illustrations fantastic!

This is a story about a town (Oberlin, OH to be exact) who collectively stood up against the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, believing that there was a “higher law” that trumped it.

Escaped slave John Price had been living in Oberlin for two years when a slave hunter comes calling and captures him. The response by the people of Oberlin is incredible. But you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. No spoilers here!

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