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In 1859, the majority of the population was employed in agriculture and the average wage of a farm worker was between $8.50 and $9.50 a month. The reward for turning in Celia (listed above) would have been equal to nearly 2 years wages! (For example: in today's economy, even minimum wage would equal over $30,000)  

If you are an escaped slave, can you afford to trust anyone?

In "A Promise Moon," I tell the true story of the Underground Railroad. Most escapees received little or no help until already free, or upon reaching the North.

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A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War. RESEARCH FINDINGS

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