"Once old Mastuh be dead, you be workin' in the fields just like the rest of 'em. That day comin' soon." Two decades before the Civil War, a middle-class farmer named Samuel Maddox lies on his deathbed. Elsewhere in his Virginia home, a young woman named Kitty knows her life is about to change. She is one of the Maddox family's slaves--and Samuel's biological daughter. When Samuel's wife, Mary, inherits her husband's property, she will own Kitty too, along with Kitty's three small children.Already in her fifties and with no children of her own, Mary Maddox has struggled to accept her husband's daughter, a strong-willed, confident, educated woman who works in the house and has been treated more like family than slave. After Samuel's death, Mary decides to grant Kitty and her children their freedom, and travels with them to Pennsylvania, where she will file papers declaring Kitty's emancipation. Helped on their perilous flight by Quaker families along the Underground Railroad, they final...
|Title||:||Chariot on the Mountain|
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Chariot on the Mountain Reviews
Wonderful book based on a little known slave and deals with her being emancipated and her journey to freedom via the underground railroad.
Firstly my sincere thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity of reading the remarkable Chariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford.
Set on a farm in Rappahannock County, Virginia, Samuel Maddox has a dying wish. On his deathbed he asks his wife Mary to consider setting free Kitty, one of their female slaves and her three small children. Initially this request presents Mary with a personal, social and moral dilemma but soon decides it's the right thing to do. Given it's ...more
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"Chariot on the Mountain" shines a spotlight on Kitty, a formerly enslaved woman freed by her mistress, Mary. Kitty faces numerous threats to her freedom but refuses to succumb to the man hell-bent on imprisoning her once again. Based on real events, "Chariot on the Mountain" leaves readers breathless as they travel with Kitty from Virginia to Pennsylvania and back again. I ...more
I have always liked reading pre Civil War and Civil War novels and Chariot on the Mountain was no exception. It tells the story of Kitty, a slave, and how it came about that she took a white man to court. This of course, was unheard of in Virginia at the time. This book is fiction, but the story is based on true events. and many actual events as can be documented. I found this book extremely interesting and enjoyed it very much.
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Kitty's story takes place a about 20 years before the war between the states. Kitty was a real person and this story is full of historical information with some fictional conversations that may have taken place. The facts are documented very well and Mr. Ford has done a masterful job of weaving them into a believable story.
Set in Virginia, Kitty is the daughter of her master and a slave woman. She has been raised in the house, educated and allowed to have a relationship and children.
But what is ...more
Once in awhile, you read a book that you fall in love with. It becomes your "go-to or must-read" recommendation and the one that you tell all your friends to read. It is definitely your book club pick that month. We've all read those books and each year begins the search for another one,
But how about a book that you finish reading and get to say that my life is better or richer for having read it. That list is a lot smaller and hard to come by.
Chariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford is a "life rich ...more
This was a very good book. The story is based on the real life of Kitty Payne, a woman born into slavery in 1816, the author saw a historical plaque about Kitty and found his next story. I hard a hard time starting the story because it starts with the capturing of Kitty and her 3children in Pennsylvania. I’m glad I kept on reading!
CHARIOT ON THE MOUNTAIN is a fictional story based on the real life of Kitty Payne who was a young, multiracial, freed slave woman who had to fight for her rights in American court before the Civil War years. The story goes through the ins and outs of plantation and farm lives of slaves in Virginia in the early 1800's. Kitty's own mother had been sold away from her when she was very small and so she was determined this wouldn't happen to her three little ones. The story explains very well how pe ...more