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The Underground River: A Novel

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"Set aboard a nineteenth century riverboat theater, this is the moving, page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress who is blackmailed into saving Runaways on the Underground Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new love. It's 1838, and May Bedloe works as a seamstress for her cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue--until their steamboat sinks on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, both must find new employment. Comfort is hired to give lectures by noted abolitionist, Flora Howard, and May finds work on a small flatboat, Hugo and Helena's Floating Theatre, as it cruises the border between the northern states and the southern slave-holding states. May becomes indispensable to Hugo and his troupe, and all goes well until she sees her cousin again. Comfort and Mrs. Howard are also traveling down the Ohio River, speaking out against slavery at the many riverside towns. May owes Mrs. Howard a debt she cannot repay, and Mrs. Howard uses the opportunity to enlist May in her network of shadowy characters who ferry babies given up by their slave mothers across the river to freedom. Lying has never come easy to May, but now she is compelled to break the law, deceive all her new-found friends, and deflect the rising suspicions of Dr. Early who captures Ranaways and sells them back to their southern masters. As May's secrets become more tangled and harder to keep, the Floating Theatre readies for its biggest performance yet. May's predicament could mean doom for all her friends on board, including her beloved Hugo, unless she can figure out a way to trap those who know her best"--
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subject_facetAbolitionists -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Fiction
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction
Fugitive slaves -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Ohio River -- Fiction
River boats -- Fiction
Slavery -- Fiction
Steamboats -- Fiction
Women dressmakers -- Fiction
title_displayThe Underground River
title_fullThe Underground River / Martha Conway
The Underground River A Novel
The Underground River [electronic resource] / Martha Conway
title_shortThe Underground River
title_subA Novel
topic_facetAbolitionists
African Americans
Antislavery movements
Fiction
Fugitive slaves
Historical Fiction
History
Literature
River boats
Slavery
Social conditions
Steamboats
Women dressmakers