Jun 17, 2011

All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann

Mama always told me bad things happen on Wednesdays, 'cause it's the middle of the week and the Lord just ain't looking then. I never really understood what she meant by that, because I thought the Lord was always supposed to be looking.

I'm grown now, and Mama's long since gone. But, oh, how I pray she was wrong about Wednesdays and that the Good Lord is looking down on York County, Pennsylvania this day.

Smart, hard-working, educated. A proud wife and mother. As a free woman of color in the 1830's, Margaret Morgan lived a comfortable life and envisioned a good future for her family, until the day her former owner sent a vicious bounty hunter to return her and her children to Maryland. Thrown back into a brutally cruel system, Margaret did the unthinkable in that era: she took her case to court.

Her fate would be determined by the laws of a time when one state considered her a citizen but another saw her as property. The landmark case of Prigg vs. Pennsylvania sewed the bitter seeds of the states' rights battle that would lead eventually to the Civil War.

But the heart of this story is not a historic Supreme Court ruling, it is the remarkable, unforgettable, Margaret Morgan. Her life would never be the same. Her family had been torn apart. Uncaring forces abused her body and her heart. Yet she refused to give up; refused to stop fighting; refused to allow her soul to be enslaved.

This vivid, true story will draw readers deep into the heartbreak, terror, courage and indomitable pride of one heroic woman. 

 Find out more at the author's website - http://www.jessicamccann.com/


This amazing story of courage in the midst of unbelievable injustice is a true inspiration.  I couldn't help but cry along with Margaret when she is kidnapped by a bounty hunter and sold as a slave.  Her children were ripped literally from her arms and she had no idea if she would ever see them again.

Margaret waited many years for her husband to come to her rescue, and she never gave up.  Her sweet memories of their life together sustained her even during the darkest moments.  Her heart was broken but her will to live and her desire to be free again simply kept her going.

All Different Kinds of Free is based on a true story, and that makes it all the more devastating. Margaret's story has finally been told, and I know I will never forget this one.

I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed.

Disclosure: I reviewed this electronic galley through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Bell Bridge Books. I was not compensated for my thoughts.


  1. Sounds like a heartwrenching read. Great review, I'm adding to my wish list. Pretty face on the cover too!

  2. I'm so happy that you enjoyed my book and were touched by Margaret's story. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and write about it on your blog.

  3. I would so luv to read this book. Thanks for the review and the video.