Major Retailers Honor New Book About an Amazing African American Hero Mary Bowser-She remains a fascinating yet frustratingly obscured figure in American history.
Thanks to the film Glory, the contributions that black soldiers made during the Civil War have become better known. But few Americans realize the North had a special “secret weapon” during the war. Mary Bowser was born a slave in Richmond, Virginia. Freed and educated in the North, Bowser made the courageous decision to return to the South, posing as a slave in the Confederate White House to spy on Jefferson Davis. The intelligence she gathered was smuggled to the Union generals—by the white woman whose family had owned Bowser. The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen shines a light on Bowser’s little-known role in history, imagining her life in slavery and in freedom.
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