Almost to Freedom by Todd Mildfelt
On the night of December 20, 1858, John Brown led two groups of men on a raid into Missouri liberating eleven slaves. While Brown stayed in southeast Kansas, the fugitives were taken to several Underground Railroad stops before being hidden in an abandoned cabin near Greeley, Kansas. Mildfelt’s new book, Almost To Freedom, relates the tale of what it may have been like for one local family when the fugitives were discovered; should they help them or not? The freedom seekers remained hidden for approximately twenty-eight days before Brown returned and took them along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
Todd is a lifelong resident of Kansas and developed a deep interest in history at an early age. He has been a special education teacher for 30 years, teaching history and science and currently works for USD 609 Greenbush. While doing research for his first book, The Secret Danites Kansas’ First Jayhawkers, Todd realized many of the stories would be well-suited for young people and elected to write historical novels for young readers as well. This led to his second book, Wagon Train To Freedom about an Underground Railroad trip that left Lawrence during the summer of 1860. In 2013, he published the second book in the series titled, Almost To Freedom, based on the Underground Railroad trip led by John Brown at the end of 1858. Todd has presented parts of his research at the National Underground Railroad Conference in 2011 and 2013.
Illustrator Kelly Hartman grew up in Wellington, Kansas and is excited to introduce young readers to images from the pages of Kansas’ rich history.
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The book will be available on Amazon in the near future.