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The Resource Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner

Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner

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Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad
Title
Gateway to freedom
Title remainder
the hidden history of the underground railroad
Statement of responsibility
Eric Foner
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book tells the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making brilliant use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize--winning historian once again reconfigures the national saga of American slavery and freedom. A deeply entrenched institution, slavery lived on legally and commercially even in the northern states that had abolished it after the American Revolution. Slaves could be found in the streets of New York well after abolition, traveling with owners doing business with the city's major banks, merchants, and manufacturers. New York was also home to the North's largest free black community, making it a magnet for fugitive slaves seeking refuge. Slave catchers and gangs of kidnappers roamed the city, seizing free blacks, often children, and sending them south to slavery. To protect fugitives and fight kidnappings, the city's free blacks worked with white abolitionists to organize the New York Vigilance Committee in 1835. In the 1840s vigilance committees proliferated throughout the North and began collaborating to dispatch fugitive slaves from the upper South, Washington, and Baltimore, through Philadelphia and New York, to Albany, Syracuse, and Canada. These networks of antislavery resistance, centered on New York City, became known as the underground railroad. Forced to operate in secrecy by hostile laws, courts, and politicians, the city's underground-railroad agents helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Until now, their stories have remained largely unknown, their significance little understood. 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 -- 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. - Publisher
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner relates the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom
Summary
Traces the workings of the Underground Railroad in slave-dependent New York by three heroes who coordinated with black dockworkers and counterparts in other states to help thousands of fugitive slaves between 1830 and 1860
Writing style
Award
American History Book Prize, 2015.
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10392099
Cataloging source
DLC
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1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Foner, Eric
Dewey number
973.7/115
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Underground Railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Antislavery movements
  • Antislavery movements
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Underground Railroad
  • United States
  • Underground Railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Underground railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Antislavery movements
  • Abolitionists
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the hidden history of the Underground Railroad
Label
Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: rethinking the underground railroad -- Slavery and freedom in New York -- Origins of the underground railroad: The New York Vigilance Committee -- A patchwork system: the underground railroad in the 1840s -- The Fugitive Slave Law and the crisis of the Black community -- The metropolitan corridor: the underground railroad in the 1850s -- The record of fugitives: an account of runaway slaves in the 1850s -- The end of the underground railroad
Control code
ocn900158156
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 301 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393244076
Lccn
2014036993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)900158156
Label
Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: rethinking the underground railroad -- Slavery and freedom in New York -- Origins of the underground railroad: The New York Vigilance Committee -- A patchwork system: the underground railroad in the 1840s -- The Fugitive Slave Law and the crisis of the Black community -- The metropolitan corridor: the underground railroad in the 1850s -- The record of fugitives: an account of runaway slaves in the 1850s -- The end of the underground railroad
Control code
ocn900158156
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 301 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393244076
Lccn
2014036993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)900158156

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