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Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad as Told by Levi Coffin and William Stillby George Hendrick
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Published to coincide with Black History Month and the opening of the new Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Fleeing for Freedom includes selected narratives from the two most important contemporary chroniclers of the Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin and William Still. Here are firsthand descriptions of the experiences of escaped slaves making their way to freedom in the North and in Canada in the years before the Civil War. George and Willene Hendrick have chosen a broad range of stories to reflect the strategies, tactics, heartbreak, and dangers for both the slaves and the conductors of the secret network. In their Introduction, they provide basic information about the scope and workings of the Underground Railroad and its impact on slaves, slaveholders, and the Northern abolitionist societies that were so heavily involved. Fleeing for Freedom offers gripping personal accounts of one of the great collaborations between whites and blacks in American history. With 15 black-and-white engravings and line drawings.
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Coffin and Still were the two most important contemporary chroniclers of the network that moved escaped slaves across non-slave northern states and into the safety of Canada. The Hendricks continue their interest in slavery and 19th-century American generally by selecting stories from their work. They do not provide an index.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Selected narratives from the two most important contemporary chroniclers of the Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin and William Still. Here are firsthand descriptions of the experiences of escaped slaves making their way to freedom in the North and in Canada in the years before the Civil War. A colorful yet balanced portrait. --William L. Van Deburg
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