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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Colson Whitehead
Publisher Anchor Books
Release Date 2018
Category FICTION
Total Pages 313
ISBN 9780345804327
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Originally published: New York: Doubledday, 2016.

Title Gateway to Freedom The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Author Eric Foner
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2015-01-19
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780393244380
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 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 Rail Road by William Still

Title The Underground Rail Road
Author William Still
Publisher Philadelphia : Porter & Coates
Release Date 1872
Category HISTORY
Total Pages 780
ISBN KBNL:KBNL03000311682
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

The Underground Railroad by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2015-03-26
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 800
ISBN 9781317454168
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

The Underground Railroad by Adrienne Shadd

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Adrienne Shadd
Publisher Dundurn
Release Date 2009-02-24
Category History
Total Pages 104
ISBN 9781770707528
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

What Was The Underground Railroad by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Title What Was the Underground Railroad
Author Yona Zeldis McDonough
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2013
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 108
ISBN 9780448467122
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"No one knows where the term "Underground Railroad" came from--there were no trains or tracks, only abolitionist "conductors" who helped bring an estimated 100,000 slaves to freedom through elaborate routes that included "stations," safe houses where fugitives could rest before moving on, and a system of codes and signals used to identify friend from foe. Including real stories from the "Railroad," What Was the Underground Railroad? will capture young readers' hearts: there are close calls with bounty hunters, exhausting struggles on the road, and unending sacrifices slaves made 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 by Raymond Bial

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Raymond Bial
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 1999-09-27
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 48
ISBN 9780547529820
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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."

Title The Underground Railroad
Author L.D. Cross
Publisher Lorimer
Release Date 2010-12-01
Category History
Total Pages 144
ISBN 155277581X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead

Title The Noble Hustle
Author Colson Whitehead
Publisher Anchor Books
Release Date 2015
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 234
ISBN 9780345804334
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Title Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad
Author Eber M. Pettit
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1879
Category HISTORY
Total Pages 174
ISBN HARVARD:32044010375418
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Title Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Author David A. Adler
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2012-11-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 140
ISBN 0823423654
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A comprehensive introduction to the life and achievements of the heroic former slave details how after managing her own escape, Harriet Tubman returned 13 times to guide other slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, in a portrait that also relates her subsequent contributions as a wartime cook, nurse, spy and suffragist.

Title The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America
Author Robert H. Churchill
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2019-12-31
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781108489126
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A new interpretation of the Underground Railroad that places violence at the center of the story.

The Underground Railroad by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Sheila Griffin Llanas
Publisher Cherry Lake
Release Date 2013-08-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9781624314612
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 by Rachel Seigel

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Rachel Seigel
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-07-15
Category
Total Pages 32
ISBN 1773086162
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Underground Railroad by Adrienne Lynn Shadd

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Adrienne Lynn Shadd
Publisher Dundurn
Release Date 2002
Category History
Total Pages 92
ISBN 1896219861
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An account of the lives of Black people in Toronto in the 1800's.

Title Unspoken A Story from the Underground Railroad
Author Henry Cole
Publisher Scholastic Inc.
Release Date 2016-10-25
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 40
ISBN 9780545550697
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Title Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad
Author Cheryl Janifer LaRoche
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Release Date 2013-12-30
Category Social Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780252095894
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 by Kathy Tilghman

Title Slaves to Freedom
Author Kathy Tilghman
Publisher Balboa Press
Release Date 2015-09-23
Category History
Total Pages 284
ISBN 9781504337403
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Title The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom
Author Wilbur Henry Siebert
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1898
Category Fugitive slaves
Total Pages 478
ISBN UOM:39015030396603
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stolen by Richard Bell

Title Stolen
Author Richard Bell
Publisher 37 Ink
Release Date 2020-12-01
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781501169441
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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).