Chariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford
Kitty was born a slave on a plantation in Virginia. Her master and mistress have been kind to her; they gave her an education, brought her into the house to work instead of in the fields like her mother before her and allowed her to choose a beau from a neighboring farm and bear him children. Yet Kitty is still bitter that her mother was sold and as the master sickens she is worried that she and her children will be sold too. The master promised that he would set her free upon his death but she is unsure if the mistress, Mary, will fulfill that promise. Kitty knows that the master is her father and she feels that Mary has always been angry at her for her husband’s transgression since Mary herself cannot bear children. After the master’s death Kitty flees only to be caught on her way to her first stop on the Underground Railroad.
Mary realizes that she is unduly blaming Kitty for something the young woman had no part of and tries to fulfill her husband’s wishes to set Kitty and her children free. Unfortunately her husband’s nephew Samuel contests the will. Mary knows that if Samuel gets ahold of the plantation he’ll sell all the slaves further down south so Mary takes Kitty and her family and they all go together on a journey via the Underground Railroad to Pennsylvania. Even though the family reaches their destination all is not well.
The amazing thing about this story is that it is based on the true story of a freed woman who brings the slave catchers who caught her in Pennsylvania and brought her and her children back to Virginia in the local courthouse. Three strong women, all who have varied opinions on slavery, join forces to not only help Kitty on her initial journey but help her get her day in court.