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Buried in handwritten court records, local newspapers over 150 years old, letters, and descendants’ personal recollections, Jack Ford found the story that became Chariot on the Mountain. It is the story of Kitty, a slave on her way to emancipation who is dragged back to Virginia by a gang of slave-catchers determined to sell her and her children. It is the story of her two extremely unlikely allies—her former mistress and the privileged daughter of the largest plantation owner in the county—who helped Kitty triumph in one of the most sensational trials of the century. An astonishing account of a time when the traditions of the Old South still thrived, Chariot on the Mountain is the fascinating story of three strong and disparate women who reject the divisions of their time and band together to do what’s right.