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The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018
  • Total pages :313
  • ISBN : 9780345804327
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Summary : Originally published: New York: Doubledday, 2016.

The Underground Rail Road

The Underground Rail Road
  • Author : William Still
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1872
  • Total pages :780
  • ISBN : KBNL:KBNL03000311682
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Summary : Enjoy learning the vast history of the Underground Railroad through many different eyes in this book by William Still, the black abolitionist who is often called the "Father of the Underground Railroad" for his remarkable role in organizing its operation, as well as the multitude of people he helped to find freedom. Discover the many individual stories of the journey to freedom in this remarkable book.

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
  • Author : Eric Foner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-01-19
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 9780393244380
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Summary : The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making brilliant use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian once again reconfigures the national saga of American slavery and freedom. A deeply entrenched institution, slavery lived on legally and commercially even in the northern states that had abolished it after the American Revolution. Slaves could be found in the streets of New York well after abolition, traveling with owners doing business with the city's major banks, merchants, and manufacturers. New York was also home to the North’s largest free black community, making it a magnet for fugitive slaves seeking refuge. Slave catchers and gangs of kidnappers roamed the city, seizing free blacks, often children, and sending them south to slavery. To protect fugitives and fight kidnappings, the city's free blacks worked with white abolitionists to organize the New York Vigilance Committee in 1835. In the 1840s vigilance committees proliferated throughout the North and began collaborating to dispatch fugitive slaves from the upper South, Washington, and Baltimore, through Philadelphia and New York, to Albany, Syracuse, and Canada. These networks of antislavery resistance, centered on New York City, became known as the underground railroad. Forced to operate in secrecy by hostile laws, courts, and politicians, the city’s underground-railroad agents helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Until now, their stories have remained largely unknown, their significance little understood. Building on fresh evidence—including a detailed record of slave escapes secretly kept by Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key organizers in New York—Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history. The story is inspiring—full of memorable characters making their first appearance on the historical stage—and significant—the controversy over fugitive slaves inflamed the sectional crisis of the 1850s. It eventually took a civil war to destroy American slavery, but here at last is the story of the courageous effort to fight slavery by "practical abolition," person by person, family by family.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : Mary Ellen Snodgrass
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-03-26
  • Total pages :800
  • ISBN : 9781317454168
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Summary : The culmination of years of research in dozens of archives and libraries, this fascinating encyclopedia provides an unprecedented look at the network known as the Underground Railroad - that mysterious "system" of individuals and organizations that helped slaves escape the American South to freedom during the years before the Civil War. In operation as early as the 1500s and reaching its peak with the abolitionist movement of the antebellum period, the Underground Railroad saved countless lives and helped alter the course of American history. This is the most complete reference on the Underground Railroad ever published. It includes full coverage of the Railroad in both the United States and Canada, which was the ultimate destination of many of the escaping slaves. "The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations" explores the people, places, writings, laws, and organizations that made this network possible. More than 1,500 entries detail the families and personalities involved in the operation, and sidebars extract primary source materials for longer entries. This encyclopedia features extensive supporting materials, including maps with actual Underground Railroad escape routes, photos, a chronology, genealogies of those involved in the operation, a listing of Underground Railroad operatives by state or Canadian province, a "passenger" list of escaping slaves, and primary and secondary source bibliographies.

Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad

Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad
  • Author : Eber M. Pettit
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1879
  • Total pages :174
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044010375418
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Summary : This volume contains a multitude of wonderful stories that weave together a picture of life in the South in the 1800s and the fear and courage of those that participated in helping thousands of people escape slavery. The work also includes chapters on the politics of the time, and the oft-times contradictory laws that were passed.

What Was the Underground Railroad?

What Was the Underground Railroad?
  • Author : Yona Zeldis McDonough,Who HQ
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-12-26
  • Total pages :112
  • ISBN : 9780698159730
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Summary : No one knows where the term Underground Railroad came from--there were no trains or tracks, only "conductors" who helped escaping slaves to freedom. Including real stories about "passengers" on the "Railroad," this book chronicles slaves' close calls with bounty hunters, exhausting struggles on the road, and what they sacrificed for freedom. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, the Underground Railroad comes alive!

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : Raymond Bial
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1999-09-27
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 9780547529820
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Summary : By ones, twos, and threes, in the years before the Civil War thousands of enslaved people slipped through the night on their way to freedom, riding the Underground Railroad. Hidden and hunted, the escape of southern slaves to the North remains a compelling event in American history. Within the pages of this book are documented, in prose and elegantly articulate photographs, examples of "stations" on the Railroad, along with images of the routes, lives, and hardships of both the "passengers" and "conductors."

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : Adrienne Lynn Shadd,Afua Cooper,Karolyn Smardz Frost
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2002
  • Total pages :92
  • ISBN : 1896219861
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Summary : An account of the lives of Black people in Toronto in the 1800's.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : Adrienne Shadd,Afua Cooper,Karolyn Smardz Frost
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-02-24
  • Total pages :104
  • ISBN : 1770706828
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Summary : "The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! stands out as an engaging and highly readable account of the lives of Black people in Toronto in the 1800s. Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper and Karolyn Smardz Frost offer many helpful points of entry for readers learning for the first time about Black history in Canada. They also give surprising and detailed information to enrich the understanding of people already passionate about this neglected aspect of our own past." - Lawrence Hill, Writer The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto!, a richly illustrated book, examines the urban connection of the clandestine system of secret routes, safe houses and "conductors." Not only does it trace the story of the Underground Railroad itself and how people courageously made the trip north to Canada and freedom, but it also explores what happened to them after they arrived. And it does so using never-before-published information on the African-Canadian community of Toronto. Based entirely on new research carried out for the experiential theatre show "The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Freedom!" at the Royal Ontario Museum, this volume offers new insights into the rich heritage of the Black people who made Toronto their home before the Civil War. It portrays life in the city during the nineteenth century in considerable detail. This exciting new book will be of interest to readers young and old who want to learn more about this unexplored chapter in Toronto’s history.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : L.D. Cross
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-12-01
  • Total pages :144
  • ISBN : 155277581X
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Summary : Slavery existed throughout the western Hemisphere, but after its abolition in the British empire it persisted for decades in much of the U.S. Even in states where slavery was illegal, slaves were subject to capture and return to their owners. The only sure escape was to cross the border into Canada. The Underground Railway was an informal network of secret routes and safe houses, an organized escape route run by blacks and whites who opposed slavery and who helped black Americans find freedom in Canada. They arrived at points as far east as Nova Scotia and as far west as British Columbia, but the vast majority landed in southwestern Ontario. In this book L.D. Cross recounts the harrowing experiences of many including Harriet Tubman, a slave who escaped and later helped many others to do so and Alexander Ross a white doctor and ornithologist from London, Ontario who travelled many times to southern plantations to 'study birds' and to surreptitiously hand out information re the secret routes leading to freedom in the north.

The Noble Hustle

The Noble Hustle
  • Author : Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015
  • Total pages :234
  • ISBN : 9780345804334
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Summary : In 2011, Grantland magazine gave novelist Coloson Whitehaead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the event's antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. -- back cover.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : Sheila Griffin Llanas
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-08-01
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 9781624314612
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Summary : This book relays the factual details of the Underground Railroad and slavery in the United States. The narrative provides multiple accounts of the events, and readers learn details from the point of view of a slave, a slave owner, and a conductor on the railroad. This book offers opportunities to compare and contrast various perspectives in a text while gathering and analyzing information about an historical event.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
  • Author : Rachel Seigel
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-07-15
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 1773085778
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Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
  • Author : Henry Cole
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-10-25
  • Total pages :40
  • ISBN : 9780545550697
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Summary : A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice.Will she have the courage to help him?Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, the other following her heart.Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering of the Underground Railroad speaks directly to our deepest sense of compassion.

The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America

The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America
  • Author : Robert H. Churchill
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-12-31
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9781108489126
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Summary : A new interpretation of the Underground Railroad that places violence at the center of the story.

Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad

Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad
  • Author : Cheryl Janifer LaRoche
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-12-30
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9780252095894
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Summary : This enlightening study employs the tools of archaeology to uncover a new historical perspective on the Underground Railroad. Unlike previous histories of the Underground Railroad, which have focused on frightened fugitive slaves and their benevolent abolitionist accomplices, Cheryl LaRoche focuses instead on free African American communities, the crucial help they provided to individuals fleeing slavery, and the terrain where those flights to freedom occurred. This study foregrounds several small, rural hamlets on the treacherous southern edge of the free North in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. LaRoche demonstrates how landscape features such as waterways, iron forges, and caves played a key role in the conduct and effectiveness of the Underground Railroad. Rich in oral histories, maps, memoirs, and archaeological investigations, this examination of the "geography of resistance" tells the new powerful and inspiring story of African Americans ensuring their own liberation in the midst of oppression.

Slaves to Freedom

Slaves to Freedom
  • Author : Kathy Tilghman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-09-23
  • Total pages :284
  • ISBN : 9781504337403
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Summary : Kathy Tilghman recounts the turbulent times of antebellum America through a friendship between two women: a black slave and an Irish immigrant. Both travel the Underground Railroad but neither knows the sacrifices that will be asked of them to achieve the freedom they desperately want. This is a beautifully written historical novel. Pat T. The story moves at a fast pace and I could not put it down. Toni D. This is an adventure packed novel where the characters choose healing over wrong-doing that adds depth and credibility to the novel. Gabriella K. Two powerful stories that can never be told enough. E.B.M.

Stolen

Stolen
  • Author : Richard Bell
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-12-01
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 9781501169441
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Summary : This “superbly researched and engaging” (The Wall Street Journal) true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice belongs “alongside the work of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edward P. Jones, and Toni Morrison” (Jane Kamensky, Professor of American History at Harvard University). Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. Their ordeal—an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. “Rigorously researched, heartfelt, and dramatically concise, Bell’s investigation illuminates the role slavery played in the systemic inequalities that still confront Black Americans” (Booklist).

Runaway Slaves

Runaway Slaves
  • Author : John Hope Franklin,Loren Schweninger
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000-07-20
  • Total pages :455
  • ISBN : 0195084519
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Summary : Presents details about plantation life before the Civil War when slaves frequently rebelled against their masters and escaped

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad
  • Author : J. Blaine Hudson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-01-09
  • Total pages :316
  • ISBN : 9781476602301
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Summary : Fugitive slaves were reported in the American colonies as early as the 1640s, and escapes escalated with the growth of slavery over the next 200 years. As the number of fugitives rose, the Southern states pressed for harsher legislation to prevent escapes. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 criminalized any assistance, active or passive, to a runaway slave—yet it only encouraged the behavior it sought to prevent. Friends of the fugitive, whose previous assistance to runaways had been somewhat haphazard, increased their efforts at organization. By the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the Underground Railroad included members, defined stops, set escape routes and a code language. From the abolitionist movement to the Zionville Baptist Missionary Church, this encyclopedia focuses on the people, ideas, events and places associated with the interrelated histories of fugitive slaves, the African American struggle for equality and the American antislavery movement. Information is drawn from primary sources such as public records, document collections, slave autobiographies and antebellum newspapers.

John Henry Days

John Henry Days
  • Author : Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-06-03
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9780307486677
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Summary : From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead’s triumphant novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come. Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, coming this September!