The Underground Railroad: A Reference Guide

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-09
  • Publisher: Abc-Clio Inc

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"I never went off track and I never lost a passenger." So boasted Harriet Tubman when speaking of the nearly 20 times she led Southern slaves to freedom along what came to be known as the Underground Railroad. Hers is just one of the many compelling stories to emerge from what is now regarded as the first sustained act of American civil disobedience.

Author Biography

Kerry Walters' stirring account ranges from the earliest acts of slave resistance arid the rise of the Abolitionist movement, to the establishment of clandestine "liberty lines" through the eastern and then-western regions of the Union and ultimately to Canada. Separating fact from legend, Walters draws extensively on first-person accounts of those who made the Railroad work, those who tried to stop it, and those who made the treacherous journey to freedom-including Eliza Harris and Josiah Henson, the real-life "Eliza" and "Uncle Tom" from Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Table of Contents

Chronology of Eventsp. vii
Introduction The Underground Railroad: Legend and Realityp. 1
Resisting Ol' Massa: Modes of Slave Defiancep. 9
Following the Drinking Gourd: Fleeing Servitudep. 29
Riding the Liberty Line: Underground Railroad Routesp. 53
Laying the Track above Ground: Overt Defiance and Rescuesp. 77
Crossing into Canaan: The Underground Railroad's Canadian Terminusp. 99
Conclusion The End of the Linep. 121
Biographies: Personalities of the Underground Railroadp. 125
Appendix: Primary Documents of the Underground Railroadp. 159
Annotated Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 217
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