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Alternate Versions. Rate This. A number of slaves risk their lives to escape their masters with their only help coming from the famous secret slave escape network. Director: Don McBrearty. American Slavery.

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When he retired from racing, he became a stunt pilot and public speaker and talked about the value of freedom and how we should value it above everything else. He outlasted Communism and when it collapsed in , he returned to his home, only to realize that his true home was, and always would be, the United States.

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He has been driving race boats for over forty years. Williams was the race boat coordinator and primary stunt driver for the MGM film, Madison. Please wait while your product is added to the cart. The year is Thirteen-year-old Libby has spent the last four years with her wealthy aunt. She's recently moved to live with her father on the side wheeler a boat he captains.

The boat is called the Christina after Libby's deceased mother. She's discovered that her father and his year-old cabin boy, Caleb, are helping carry escaped slaves to freedom. Caleb and Libby have helped a young slave named Jordan flee his cruel master, Riggs. Jordan is working for Father on the Christina until he can safely reach his family and get them to freedom. But Riggs has people watching Jordan's family, and Riggs himself is looking up and down the Mississippi river for Jordan. He suggests that this recent Supreme Court ruling might even lead the country to war.

Riggs and his men search the Christina but can't find Jordan. Knowing Riggs is still suspicious, Caleb and Libby carefully watch the new passengers boarding the boat for St.

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They see a man with a fake moustache who may be Riggs. Libby also meets a family of German immigrants with a young daughter about her age named Elsa. She is thin and sickly, so Libby sometimes takes food and blankets to the family as they sleep on the crowded deck. She gets in trouble after trying to sneak Elsa onto the first-class deck where there is a warm fire. She convinces Pa to let Elsa join her, Caleb and Jordan for daily lessons in his cabin so Elsa will be warm for part of each day.

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At one point, Libby sees Caleb watching Elsa. She almost lets her jealousy keep her from giving her new friend the help she needs.

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  • Against Caleb's warnings, Jordan gets off the boat in Keokuk, Iowa, in search of information about his mother's whereabouts. Slave catchers see him and give chase. Jordan narrowly escapes.

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    Back on the boat, he tells Caleb and Libby more about his family and how he initially escaped Riggs. Each year, steamboats on the Mississippi race through the dangerous, ice-filled waters of Lake Pepin. The first boat to arrive in St. Paul wins a sizeable reward: use of the wharf free of charge all year. Pa and the other captains try the waters each day to see if they can get through.

    Spring is coming late, and the captains become frustrated. When Elsa's condition worsens, Libby and Elsa's mother take the girl to Libby's cabin. Caleb determines Elsa has cholera, which means no one can be near her. Pa and Caleb secretly worry Libby has already come in contact with the disease. Pa sends Caleb and Jordan to find a doctor in a nearby port, and he makes them take Libby along. The journey is treacherous, but Pa wants to get Libby off the ship and away from the disease. Caleb, Jordan and Libby hike through perilous terrain. Libby falls into a rushing stream, and Jordan saves her, despite his inability to swim. They also encounter a hungry bear and realize they're being tracked by some of Riggs' men. As Libby witnesses Jordan's and Caleb's faith and thinks back on her father's words about courage, she begins to recognize her need for Jesus.