This central figure in the book was born in 1820 at the Brodas plantation in Tidewater, Maryland. A sensitive, reflective youngster known as "Minty," she quickly absorbed both the fears and hopes of the older slaves on the plantation. Later, she escaped and dedicated her life to helping others as she led them North along the Underground Railroad.
This is the name by which the central figure’s mother was known on the plantation. She cared deeply for her children and objected to her daughter's "audacity" only because she recognized the full implications of the risks her daughter was taking.
This was the central figure’s father. His hope for his daughter’s ultimate freedom is implied in the care with which he taught her survival skills without once stating that he expected or desired her escape. His most lauded character trait is...
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