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Charlotte Lyter Mankin lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California's famous Gold Country. She enjoys collecting Native American art, John Wayne pictures, barn pictures and lighthouse scenes.
At one time she and her husband Charlie obedience-trained German Shepherds, winning many trophies. When she was in the hospital, her husband brought her three trophies hidden behind his back for a surprise. Years ago Charlotte won the "Volunteer of the Year" award at the VA Hospital in Reno, Nevada. Her title was "Popcorn lady' as she operated the popcorn machine for the staff,visitors,patients and volunteers. Before retiring she joined AmeriCorp and worked under the auspicious of The Child Abuse Prevention Council.
Today she may be found doing research about her second cousin, four times removed, Benjamin Lundy, a Pre-Civil War abolitionist.
It is her goal to share the information with others through her new ebook, "Benjamin Lundy's Last Walk." Others may be interested in how he fought through his pen, paper, and lectures to free the slaves from bondage.
on June 02, 2014 :
Charlotte Mankin's book is so meaningful. It is a beautiful share of a life worth living, a life dedicated to humanity in the midst of a historical nightmare. It demonstrates the courage that is needed for change when it seems the majority is against what is right. I am grateful for the work of Benjamin Lundy and know that because of him and other abolitionists who were on the forefront of the movement, those enslaved by African trade in this country are free, as God created us all to be. I am grateful to this author for keeping the powerful and dedicated work and accomplishments of Benjamin Lundy alive in the thoughts of all of us.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 10, 2014 :
"Benjamin Lundy's Last Walk" is a charming and earnest work. This is an important read about a man considered to be the founder of the abolitionist movement in the United States. Because the author is a relative of Benjamin Lundy, she adds her personal discovery of this relationship along with some family anecdotes. Her memoir contributes warmth to the story while keeping focus on Mr. Lundy's great achievement done with much personal sacrifice because of his deep belief in the universal cause of the abolition of human slavery. Strong moral values are embodied in this man. This book should be a must read in school history classes.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 03, 2013 :
Charlotte Mankin's book is a fascinating and moving read! She illuminates the life of Benjamin Lundy, a Quaker who played a major role in the movement for emancipation of the slaves. This humble soul devoted his life and energy to the cause of ending slavery. Lundy is a relative of Mankin, and that brings to this tale a special quality one couldn't find just in a history book. The story is based squarely on history, but also has the tender touch of a memoir of sorts, the writer's own discovery about this unsung hero and her own connection to him both through blood and through a common ideal
(reviewed within a month of purchase)