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Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by
Call Number: Africana Library E450 .F66 2015
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—Eric 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.
People of the Underground Railroad: A Biographical Dictionary by
Call Number: Olin Library Oversize E450 .C38 2008 +
One hundred entries introduce people who had a significant role in the rescuing, harboring, or conducting of the fugitives--from abolitionists, evangelical ministers, Quakers, philanthropists, lawyers, judges, physicians, journalists, educators, to novelists, feminists, and barbers--as well as notable runaways. The selections are geographically representational of the broad railroad network. There is renewed interest in the Underground Railroad, exemplified by the new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and energized scholarly inquiry.
The Underground Railroad: A Reference Guide by
Call Number: Africana Library E450 .W323 2012
Full of true stories more dramatic than any fiction, The Underground Railroad: A Reference Guide offers a fresh, revealing look at the efforts of hundreds of dedicated persons--white and black, men and women, from all walks of life--to help slave fugitives find freedom in the decades leading up to the Civil War. * Original documents, from key legislation like The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 to first-person narratives of escaping slaves * Biographical sketches of key figures involved in the Underground Railroad, including Levi Coffin, William Lloyd Garrison, Robert Purvis, and Mary Ann Shadd
William Still and the Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts by
Call Number: Africana Library E450 .S85 2007
A "conductor" based in Philadelphia, Still (1821-1902) helped guide fugitive slaves to safety in the years before the Civil War. He also created this unforgettable history, a collection of carefully preserved letters, newspaper articles, and firsthand accounts about refugees' hardships, narrow escapes, and deadly struggles. Over 50 illustrations. "Highly recommended."-- Midwest Book Review.
Selected Underground Railroad Websites
Underground Railroad Sites
This site contains a listing of a variety of historic sites, museums, libraries, parks and monuments that make up a small but representative group of places where people can explore the living history of the Underground Railroad. Including in this listing is the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, NY.
The Underground Railroad and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
The Underground Railroad (1850-1860) was an intricate network of people, safe places, and communities that were connected by land, rail, and maritime routes.
Pathways to Freedom - Maryland and the Underground Railroad
This informative and interactive website provides information about Maryland's role in the Underground Railroad. Some of the highlights include video clips about Harriet Tubman, lesson plans and class activities, printable pages, reference information, details about signs and symbols of the Underground Railroad, and MUCH more.
Underground Railroad (National Park Service)
This site provides information on the history of the underground railroad and many who took part in the liberation of Blacks who were enslaved.
Harriet Tubman Historical Society
This site was created by a group of graduate students from the University of Massachusetts History Club. They wanted to pay homage to Harriet Tubman who they viewed as an American heroine.