Sunday, April 10, 2016

Resolve and Rescue: The True Story of Frances Drake and the Antislavery Movement - Sunday's Book Club, August 28th.

Updated date - Sunday's Book Club, August 28th !
Elizabeth  Raymond will be hostessing!
Our next meeting is ............................. Sunday, August 28th, 7pm
Our next hostess is ...........................Elizabeth Raymond,
72 Olde Tavern Rd.

Resolve and Rescue; The true story of Francis Drake and the antisalvery movement" by Mark Bodanza

Also if enough of us read Kelly Bell's summer selection ........"The Weight of Water" by Anita Shreve

Resolve and Rescue: The True Story of Frances Drake and the Antislavery Movement 

Where Frances Drake saw injustice, she tried to right it, and where freedom was denied, she fought to secure it. In Resolve and Rescue, author and historian Mark C. Bodanza explores the life of this Massachusetts woman who took up the cause of the slave early in the antislavery movement. He shows how, in an age dominated by men, Drake never allowed the disadvantages suffered by her gender to impede the great object of her work, the end of slavery in America. Resolve and Rescue narrates the story of this woman, born in 1814, who had an uncommon energy. She toiled for more than two decades to end slavery in ways great and small, including the promotion of some of the greatest speakers of the abolition movement. Her efforts were not limited to speeches or theory, but she publicly participated in the rescue of many fugitive slaves, including the first test case in New England under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850; Bodanza also demonstrates that her fight wasn't limited to ending slavery, as she worked tirelessly for racial equality and women's rights. Resolve and Rescue shares the life story of Frances

Next Book Club - May 22nd / Hostess Kelly Bell
More local information-  Leominster's Southeast School renamed for abolitionist Drake
"Drake was a Leominster abolitionist who, according to City Councilor Mark Bodanza, speaking in support of the name change, accomplished the most "significant historic act ever on Leominster soil." The home Drake and her husband, Jonathan, owned was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and one refugee they helped on his journey to freedom was Shadrach Minkins. He was captured by federal marshals after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act. His subsequent rescue from a Boston courtroom by a crowd of black men who then sent him to freedom on the Underground Railroad led him to the Drakes' home.
"We'll revive her as part of the general legacy and past of Leominster. The naming of this school will rebuild what we've lost. This is a piece of our past that we need to revive," said Bodanza, who, during his presentation held up a small beaded purse Minkins sent to Drake after he found his freedom in Canada.
"It's something we can be proud of, not only because of the important history involved in it, but because of the moral lesson that this lady will give to our children and to all of our citizens for a number of years," Bodanza said."

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