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Happy Dreams of Liberty is an extraordinary family saga and a profound exploration of the shifting contours of slave and free, black and white. From an Alabama plantation across the Kansas prairies to the mining boomtowns of Colorado, the Townsends' quest for freedom, equality, and belonging in the decades surrounding the Civil War is an unforgettable odyssey, driven by possibility and haunted by dreams deferred.

Isabel Morales brilliantly projects an intimate story onto the vast canvas of the American experience. 
—Daniel J. Sharfstein, author of The Invisible Line: A Secret History of Race in America.
  • 319 pages
  • Hardcover