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The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad

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The underground railroad - with its mysterious signals, secret depots, abolitionist heroes, and slave-hunting villains - has become part of American mythology. But legend has distorted much of the history of this institution, which Larry Gara carefully investigates in this important study. Gara show how pre-Civil War partisan propaganda, postwar reminiscences by fame-hungry abolitionists, and oral tradition helped foster the popular belief that a powerful secret organization spirited floods of slaves away from the South.

In contrast to that legend, the slaves themselves had active roles in their own escapes from slave states. They carried out their runs to the North, receiving aid only after they had reached territory where they still faced return under the Fugitive Slave Law. Thus, The Liberty Line places fugitive slaves in their rightful position: the center of their struggle for freedom.

About the Author

Larry Gara is professor emeritus of history at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.

Table of Contents

1. The Legendary Railroad — 2. Slavery and Freedom — 3. The Road to the North — 4. A Deep-Laid Scheme — 5. Friends of the Fugitive — 6. The Fugitive Issue — 7. The Roots of a Legend — 8. Reminiscence and Romance.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813127996
Subtitle:
The Legend of the Underground Railroad
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Author:
Larry Gara
Author:
Gara, Larry
Subject:
Fugitive slaves
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Fugitive slaves -- United States.
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Underground railroad
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
United states
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19960301
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
201

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » General

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