Most slave escapes were unaided. The Underground Railroad is predominately a Northern route. Typically, it wasnít until an enslaved person reached "The North" and were already "free" that they received help. This untold story was the inspiration behind "A Promise Moon." A research grant from the National Park Service enabled me to convert my findings into an historical fiction novel that tells this little-known story and gives proper credit to the brave people who stole themselves free.
Why the misconception?
Students will travel back to Kentucky in 1863 and meet Rachelóa strong, resourcefull enslaved woman who wants a better life for her child. Each "stop" on Rachelís journey toward freedom offers the opportunity to explore multiple curriculum themes such as: Slavery, the Civil War, Emancipation, Economics of Slavery, etc.
Students will also meet Joe, Rachelís husband, who finds the courage to escape after she has already left. Joe reaches Camp Nelson (the largest Contraband Camp in Kentucky) joins the U.S. Colored Troops and experiences a Civil War battle.
Stops along the escape route: Each Chapter from "A Promise Moon," offers open-ended lesson plans.
Seeing the Elephant (The Civil War battle at Saint Petersburg, July 30, 1864)
Why most "railroad lines" were rivers.
Inside a slave auction
A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War. RESEARCH FINDINGS