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In Chains, what is the River Jordan?  

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The first time that readers come across a reference to the River Jordan is in chapter 26. Grandfather is talking about the River Jordan to some other slaves who are at the pump. He tells them that the fight between the Loyalists and Patriots is not their fight. They have their own road through the valley of darkness to the River Jordan. Another slave then tells Grandfather that New York doesn't have that river. Grandfather chuckles, and he then explains that he isn't talking about a literal river.

You don't understand. Everything that stands between you and freedom is the River Jordan.

In the case of these slaves,...

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