Alethea 'Lee' Connolly has written an extraordinary local history that depicts “the movers and shakers” of the anti-slavery movement twenty-five years before Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.....and it was right here in Onondaga County, New York, in the Town Of Manlius! Who would have known!
The book titled, THE SECEDERS, depicts the powerful force that religious convictions had in motivating these men and women to refuse to remain silent...and the exciting struggle faced by these men and women. It’s the stuff movies are made of!
Town of Manlius historian, Barbara S. Rivette, calls Lee’s book an “amazing feat of research.” She said, it tells the story of those forgotten trail-blazers left out of the history books.