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Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America

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An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change

The Civil War brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, slave and free, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad, a movement that occupies as romantic a place in the nation's imagination as the Lewis and Clark expedition. The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country's westward expansion arose a fierce clash of values that was nothing less than a war for the country's soul. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also subverted federal law.

Bound for Canaan tells the stories of men and women like David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.

Review:

"Though the Underground Railroad is one of the touchstones of American collective memory, there's been no comprehensive, accessible history of the secret movement that delivered more than 100,000 runaway slaves to freedom in the Northern states and Canada. Journalist Bordewich (Killing the White Man's Indian) fills this gap with a clear, utterly compelling survey of the Railroad from its earliest days in Revolution-era America through the Civil War and the extension of the vote to African Americans in 1870. Using an impressive array of archival and contemporary sources (letters, autobiographies, tax records and slave narratives, as well as new scholarship), Bordewich reveals the Railroad to be much more complicated — and much more remarkable — than is usually understood. As a progressive movement that integrated people across races and was underwritten by secular political theories but carried out by fervently religious citizens in the midst of a national spiritual awakening, the clandestine network was among the most fascinatingly diverse groups ever to unite behind a common American cause. What makes Bordewich's work transcend the confines of detached social history is his emphasis on the real lives and stories of the Railroad's participants. Religious extremists, left-wing radicals and virulent racists all emerge as fully realized characters, flawed but determined people doing what they believed was right, and every chapter has at least one moment — a detail, a vignette, a description — that will transport readers to the world Bordewich describes. The men and women of this remarkable account will remain with readers for a long time to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A vivid reconstruction of abolitionism?s most daring act of rebellion....Rich in detail and solid storytelling: sure to awaken interest in the peculiar anti-institution." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"A rich, spellbinding, and readable narrative." Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Rich in detail, [and] its ability to evoke the emotions, sights and sounds of these clandestine ventures." Black Issues Book Review

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"Dramatizes a shining moment in American history — a book filled with unsung heroes and revolutionary acts of trust." O magazine

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"Bound for Canaan recaptures this grand history with the insightfulness, comprehensiveness, and narrative vigor the subject demands." David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the two-volume Life of W. E. B. Du Bois

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"Bound For Canaan reveals in stunning detail and beautiful prose the inner workings of this clandestine system." Kate Clifford, Ph.D. author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero

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"This fast-paced narrative is the best account we have of the network known as the Underground Railroad." James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

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"A masterful story — a deeply American story." Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters

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"An excellent book...as close to a definitive history as we're likely to see." Wall Street Journal

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"A profoundly American tale." USA Today

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"All in all, it's a part of American history that everyone should know — and great reading, too." Providence Journal

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"Readers interested in learning about historical figures in the Underground Railroad other than Harriet Tubman will enjoy this work." Booklist

Synopsis:

An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired political movement for change: the Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk. 16-page insert. Map.

About the Author

Fergus M. Bordewich has written for the New York Times, Smithsonian, American Heritage,Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and Reader's Digest and is the author of Killing the White Man's Indian and My Mother's Ghost.

Table of Contents

Part One

Beginnings: 1800 to 1830

  1. An Evil Without Remedy
  2. The Fate of Millions Unborn
  3. A Gadfly in Philadelphia
  4. The Hand of God in North Carolina
  5. The Spreading Stain
Part Two

Connections: The 1830s

  1. Free as Sure as the Devil
  2. Fanatics, Disorganizers, and Disturbers of the Peace
  3. The Grandest Revolution the World Has Ever Seen
  4. A Whole-Souled Man
Part Three

Confrontation: The 1840s

  1. Across the Ohio
  2. The Car of Freedom
  3. Our Watchword Is ONWARD
  4. The Saltwater Underground
Part Four

Victory: The 1850s

  1. A Disease of the Body Politic
  2. Do We Call This the Land of the Free?
  3. General Tubman
  4. Laboratories of Freedom
  5. The Last Train

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060524302
Subtitle:
The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America
Author:
Bordewich, Fergus
Author:
by Fergus Bordewich
Author:
Bordewich, Fergus M.
Publisher:
Amistad
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Underground railroad
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Abolitionists
Subject:
Antislavery movements -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050329
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.48x6.40x1.39 in. 2.00 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though the Underground Railroad is one of the touchstones of American collective memory, there's been no comprehensive, accessible history of the secret movement that delivered more than 100,000 runaway slaves to freedom in the Northern states and Canada. Journalist Bordewich (Killing the White Man's Indian) fills this gap with a clear, utterly compelling survey of the Railroad from its earliest days in Revolution-era America through the Civil War and the extension of the vote to African Americans in 1870. Using an impressive array of archival and contemporary sources (letters, autobiographies, tax records and slave narratives, as well as new scholarship), Bordewich reveals the Railroad to be much more complicated — and much more remarkable — than is usually understood. As a progressive movement that integrated people across races and was underwritten by secular political theories but carried out by fervently religious citizens in the midst of a national spiritual awakening, the clandestine network was among the most fascinatingly diverse groups ever to unite behind a common American cause. What makes Bordewich's work transcend the confines of detached social history is his emphasis on the real lives and stories of the Railroad's participants. Religious extremists, left-wing radicals and virulent racists all emerge as fully realized characters, flawed but determined people doing what they believed was right, and every chapter has at least one moment — a detail, a vignette, a description — that will transport readers to the world Bordewich describes. The men and women of this remarkable account will remain with readers for a long time to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A vivid reconstruction of abolitionism?s most daring act of rebellion....Rich in detail and solid storytelling: sure to awaken interest in the peculiar anti-institution."
"Review" by , "A rich, spellbinding, and readable narrative."
"Review" by , "Rich in detail, [and] its ability to evoke the emotions, sights and sounds of these clandestine ventures."
"Review" by , "Dramatizes a shining moment in American history — a book filled with unsung heroes and revolutionary acts of trust."
"Review" by , "Bound for Canaan recaptures this grand history with the insightfulness, comprehensiveness, and narrative vigor the subject demands."
"Review" by , "Bound For Canaan reveals in stunning detail and beautiful prose the inner workings of this clandestine system." Kate Clifford, Ph.D. author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero
"Review" by , "This fast-paced narrative is the best account we have of the network known as the Underground Railroad."
"Review" by , "A masterful story — a deeply American story."
"Review" by , "An excellent book...as close to a definitive history as we're likely to see."
"Review" by , "A profoundly American tale."
"Review" by , "All in all, it's a part of American history that everyone should know — and great reading, too."
"Review" by , "Readers interested in learning about historical figures in the Underground Railroad other than Harriet Tubman will enjoy this work."
"Synopsis" by , An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired political movement for change: the Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk. 16-page insert. Map.
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