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2014 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner, Best Western Historical Novel On July 8, 1860, Dallas, Texas burned. Three slaves were accused of arson and hanged without a trial. Today, most historians attribute the fire to carelessness.          Texas was the darkest corner of the Old South, too remote and violent for even the bravest abolitionists. Yet North Texas newspapers commonly reported runaway slaves, and travelers in South Texas wrote of fugitives heading to Mexico.          Perhaps a few prominent people were all too happy to call the fire an accident.          Silent We Stood weaves the tale of a small band of abolitionists working in secrecy within Dallas’s close-knit society.

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