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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:378
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543954111
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543954104

When Property Flees

A Novel

by Gregory LeFever


When Property Flees is a novel of courage. It tells the story of an enslaved family's desperate flight, the people who helped them, and their pursuers. When Property Flees offers insights into the political, economic, religious, and moral issues fiercely dividing the United States in the years leading quickly to the Civil War. 


When Property Flees is a novel about people whose lives suddenly are threatened by cruelty and hatred and of their fight for dignity when their neighbors, their government, and its laws are against them.

It tells of Adam Porter, who brings his wife Hannah and their young sons to remote southern Ohio in 1854 to find his family threatened by forces he wants nothing to do with. It tells of the slaves William and Nettie, who flee with their children into the Kentucky wilderness to save their son from the auction block, no longer knowing where to turn or whom to trust. It tells of fiery Anne Billings and her idealistic dream of helping runaway slaves, learning too late she has stepped into a brutal life-and-death struggle.

When Property Flees looks beyond the legend of the Underground Railroad to reveal the controversy and risk, the stark fear and danger - and the astonishing courage - of slaves forced to leave their homes and the people trying to help them. It's fast paced and historically accurate in its portrayal of an America deeply divided by political debate and fierce emotions, in an era with an uncanny resemblance to today.

About the author
Gregory LeFever has won several newswriting awards in the Midwest and New England and is an accomplished business and technology writer. He has more than one hundred articles published on early American history in journals and magazines. He and his wife Christine reside near Portland, Oregon.

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