The Boy Who Said No: An Escape To Freedom
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Patti Sheehy. Samuel Alexander Smith attempted to ship more enslaved from Richmond to Philadelphia on May 8, , but was discovered and arrested. In November of that year, he was sentenced to six-and-one-half years in the state penitentiary. James Caesar Anthony Smith, the free Black, was also arrested on September 25 for attempting another shipment of slaves, but he fared better. The trial that followed resulted in a divided panel of magistrates, and James Caesar Anthony Smith was released and later joined Brown in Boston.
The abolitionist movement of the day held two opposing points of view. However, others thought that the publicity would help the movement, and that it was just too good a story to keep from the growing number of the public who opposed slavery.
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Henry Brown was intoxicated with the feeling that freedom brought, and his personality would not allow him to remain quiet about his achievement. He was his own man and a working class individual. He used this miraculous event to make a new life for himself. He also used his great imagination to support himself. In May , Henry appeared before the New England Anti-Slavery Society Convention in Boston, where he left no doubt in the minds of the audience that the enslaved desired freedom.
Brown also became a performer, often reciting the psalm he had sung when he first emerged from the box. With the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act on August 30, , it was no longer safe for Brown to remain in the Northern Free States, as he could be captured and returned to Virginia.
Therefore, he sailed for England in October His panorama was exhibited throughout England.
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His escape sends the soldiers after him and fails to prevent his later draft into the army. While Frankie rises up through the ranks in his military career, he harbours a hatred for Castro. His outspoken views about the truth of the new government continually place him at risk.
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He longs for freedom, and plans to defect, but his position in the Special Forces make it difficult. His girlfriend has already left for America and Frankie wants to join her, even if it means never seeing his own family again. Once a Cuban flees, he or she can never return. Each attempt is loaded with risk and the threat of death. Timing is critical and poses his biggest problem.
The departure of the next, possibly last, available boat to take him into international waters clashes with critical military exercises, which will be observed by the highest levels of government. His attendance at the exercises could cost him his freedom and a future with the woman he loves. Whatever his decisions, he will have significant sacrifices to make. His escape plans are complicated by his high-level military position and access to top military secrets.
The manhunt will be intense, and the repercussions severe if he fails.
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Trust is paramount, and Frank must place his trust in the right people. He will need every ounce of his intelligence, and every skill his grandfather ever taught him to survive. He will also need luck.