The Underground Railroad Book
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The Underground Railroad


  • Author : Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2018-01-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345804327

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The basis for the acclaimed original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. Look for Colson Whitehead’s bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

The Underground Railroad Book

The Underground Railroad


  • Author : Adrienne Shadd
  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Release Date : 2009-02-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN 10 : 9781770707528

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"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 Book

The Underground Railroad


  • Author : William Still
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1871
  • Genre: Antislavery movements
  • Pages : 780
  • ISBN 10 : CHI:18174457

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What Was the Underground Railroad  Book
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What Was the Underground Railroad


  • Author : Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2013-12-26
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698159730

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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 Book

The Underground Railroad


  • Author : L.D. Cross
  • Publisher : Lorimer
  • Release Date : 2010-12-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 155277581X

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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.

Gateway to Freedom  The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Book
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Gateway to Freedom The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad


  • Author : Eric Foner
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2015-01-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393244380

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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 memora

The Underground Railroad Book

The Underground Railroad


  • Author : Mary Ellen Snodgrass
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-03-26
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 800
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317454151

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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 Book

Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad


  • Author : Eber M. Pettit
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1879
  • Genre: HISTORY
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:32044010375418

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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.

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad Book

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad


  • Author : J. Blaine Hudson
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-01-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476602301

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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.

The Underground Railroad Book

The Underground Railroad


  • Author : Philip Wolny
  • Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • Release Date : 2004-01-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 68
  • ISBN 10 : 082394008X

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Examines the events and key figures behind the formation and operation of the Underground Railroad, the secretive and illegal organization that helped American slaves escape to freedom in the northern United States and Canada.

I Came as a Stranger Book

I Came as a Stranger


  • Author : Bryan Prince
  • Publisher : Tundra Books (NY)
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 0887766676

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Prior to abolition in 1865, as many as 40,000 men, women, and children made the perilous trip from slavery in the United States to freedom in Canada. Many of them escaped via the Underground Railroad -- a secret network of safe hiding places, furtive transportation, and bold conspirators who risked their liberty, even their lives, for what they believed in. Upon reaching Canada, the fugitives -- most of them penniless, many of them illiterate -- carved out new, independent lives. They built homes, schools, and churches; they became teachers, business owners, writers. And all the while, they feared for the loved ones they had to leave behind. I Came as a Stranger is a powerful history and a valuable guide to sites and communities that commemorate the courage and suffering of a time not so very long ago. Book jacket.

The Underground Railroad Sampler Book

The Underground Railroad Sampler


  • Author : Eleanor Burns
  • Publisher : Quilt in a Day.
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 1891776134

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The Underground Railroad story is one of the most dramatic chapters in America's history. It's a story about how countless slaves made their way out of bondage, risking death for freedom. This book features fifteen traditional quilt blocks believed to have had secret meanings to escaping slaves.

Harriet Tubman Book
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Harriet Tubman


  • Author : Ann Petry
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2015-09-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 137
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504019866

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A New York Times Outstanding Book for young adult readers, this biography of the famed Underground Railroad abolitionist is a lesson in valor and justice. Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman knew the thirst for freedom. Inspired by rumors of an “underground railroad” that carried slaves to liberation, she dreamed of escaping the nightmarish existence of the Southern plantations and choosing a life of her own making. But after she finally did escape, Tubman made a decision born of profound courage and moral conviction: to go back and help those she’d left behind. As an activist on the Underground Railroad, a series of safe houses running from South to North and eventually into Canada, Tubman delivered more than three hundred souls to freedom. She became an insidious threat to the Southern establishment—and a symbol of hope to slaves everywhere. In this “well-written and moving life of the ‘Moses of her people’’’ (The Horn Book), an acclaimed author makes vivid and accessible the life of a national hero, soon to be immortalized on the twenty-dollar bill. This intimate portrait follows Tubman on her journey from bondage to freedom, from childhood to the frontlines of the abolition movement and even the Civil War. In addition to being named a New York Times Outstanding Book, Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad was also selected as an American Library Association Notable Book.

Aunt Harriet s Underground Railroad in the Sky Book
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Aunt Harriet s Underground Railroad in the Sky


  • Author : Faith Ringgold
  • Publisher : Paw Prints
  • Release Date : 2009-05-21
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1442052716

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With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.

The Underground Railroad Book

The Underground Railroad


  • Author : Wilbur Henry Siebert
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-05-10
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 532
  • ISBN 10 : 3337782558

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