Resolve and Rescue
The True Story of Frances Drake and the Antislavery Movement
About the Book
Where Frances Drake saw injustice, she tried to right it, and where freedom was denied, she fought to secure it. In Resolve and Rescue, author and historian Mark C. Bodanza explores the life of this Massachusetts woman who took up the cause of the slave early in the antislavery movement. He shows how, in an age dominated by men, Drake never allowed the disadvantages suffered by her gender to impede the great object of her work, the end of slavery in America. Resolve and Rescue narrates the story of this woman, born in 1814, who had an uncommon energy. She toiled for more than two decades to end slavery in ways great and small, including the promotion of some of the greatest speakers of the abolition movement. Her efforts were not limited to speeches or theory, but she publicly participated in the rescue of many fugitive slaves, including the first test case in New England under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850; Bodanza also demonstrates that her fight wasn’t limited to ending slavery, as she worked tirelessly for racial equality and women’s rights. Resolve and Rescue shares the life story of Frances Drake, her conviction and courage displaying a timeless example of promoting justice and equality.
About the Author
Mark C. Bodanza is a historian and trial lawyer. He has written numerous newspaper columns on history and has been a guest on radio programs frequently discussing historical topics. Bodanza lives in Leominster, Massachusetts, with his wife and children. This is his fourth book.