"The Odyssey of John Anderson" Book Review by Nicky

"The Odyssey of John Anderson"
A review of Patrick Brode's work "The Odyssey of John Anderson".
# 145174 | 1,580 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper outlines the case in 1860 when John Anderson, an escaped slave who had been living in Canada for some years, was charged with murder and extradition from Canada back to Missouri. The paper examines Brode's representation of this legal case in his book "The Odyssey of John Anderson" and the Canadian sentiment towards blacks and escaped slaves. The writer of this paper focuses on Brode's assertion that extradition for Anderson was the correct legal choice by the Canadian courts, and explains why he agrees with this stand. The writer opines that Brode's argument is well-reasoned, if a little overloaded with technical details.

From the Paper:

"Brode's book The Odyssey of John Anderson quickly moves through Anderson's early life as companion and guardian for his master's two daughters and then the reputation he earned as a defiant and uncooperative slave, culminating in his sale from his lifelong master, Moses Burton, to the crueler Colonel Reuben Ellis McDaniel, with whom he would face "the harsher and more common face of slavery." Life as McDaniel's slave, separated from his wife and child, soon became too much for the free spirited Anderson, and he planned and executed an escape plan without raising any alarm. Bounty hunters were soon on his trail, however, and in a scuffle Anderson killed a man with his knife. He made it to Canada and avoided detection despite the violent excitement and the fact that the bounty hunters were still on his trail, and basically disappeared for six years."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brode, Patrick. The Odyssey of John Anderson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989.

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