Friday, October 7, 2011 - 7:00pm

American to the Backbone is the incredible story of a forgotten hero of nineteenth century America—a former slave who became a Yale scholar, congregational pastor, and international leader of the Antebellum abolitionist movement. Kirkus Reviews calls the historical narrative “a richly detailed, wide-ranging biography of a modestly neglected black religious leader who was born a slave " and praises the fact that "Webber’s decision to cast his net widely has produced an important biography as well as insight in to the pre-Civil War free-black subcluture .”

American history buffs, theologists, and anyone who loves a great story will find much to discuss in American to the Backbone, and how better to do so than with the author himself? Come to the store on October 7th at 7PM to hear more about this incredible true tale from Christopher L. Webber. See you there.

American to the Backbone: The Life of James W.C. Pennington, the Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Black Abolitionists Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781605981758
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Published: Pegasus Books - July 1st, 2011

As he fought for equal rights in America, Pennington's voice was not limited to the preacher's pulpit. He wrote the first-ever "History of the Colored People" as well as a careful study of the moral basis for civil disobedience, which would be echoed decades later by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.