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The culmination of years of research in dozens of archives and libraries, this fascinating encyclopedia provides an unprecedented look at the network known as the Underground Railroad that mysterious system of individuals and organizations that helped slaves escape the American South to freedom during the years before the Civil War In operation as early as the 1500s and reaching its peak with the abolitionist movement of the antebellum period, the Underground Railroad saved countless lives and helped alter the course of American history This is the most complete reference on the Underground Railroad ever published It includes full coverage of the Railroad in both the United States and Canada, which was the ultimate destination of many of the escaping slaves The Underground Railroad An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations explores the people, places, writings, laws, and organizations that made this network possible More than 1,500 entries detail the families and personalities involved in the operation, and sidebars extract primary source materials for longer entries This encyclopedia features extensive supporting materials, including maps with actual Underground Railroad escape routes, photos, a chronology, genealogies of those involved in the operation, a listing of Underground Railroad operatives by state or Canadian province, a passenger list of escaping slaves, and primary and secondary source bibliographies....

Title : The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations
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ISBN : 0765680939
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Routledge 1 edition May 15, 2008
Number of Pages : 800 pages
File Size : 666 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations Reviews

  • Marjory
    2019-02-08 20:14

    I was extremely disappointed in this book. The information regarding the individuals I knew something about was, in several cases, filled with inaccuracies. Knowing this, it would be difficult for me to rely on the accuracy of any of the other entries in the book. For example, in entry for Griffith M. and Elizabeth Cooper, the author stated that Mrs. Cooper had taught Frederick Douglass to read and write. Douglass in his autobiography clearly explained how he learned to read and write and it was not from Mrs. Cooper. Yes, the compiler attributed the source of the information to an article found in a local historical society newsletter, but since the information was was so obviously incorrect, it should not have been included. That the enclyclopedia passed on local lore, with all the legends and misinformation, as historical fact is very discouraging. Students using this book as a resource will not be able to evaluate the historical accuracy behind the entries - taking it all as true.

  • deb
    2019-02-11 01:17

    I am really into the history of the underground railroad and this is an excellent book i just wish amazon had all volumes can only reference the entirre collection from the main library cannot check it out this one only goes to the letter m but I love the book and the seller was so nice to email me and check with the publisher about the remaining volumes. I will buy from this seller again

  • candy
    2019-01-30 03:31

    I bought this as it has a bit about my ancestors, very interesting

  • David E. Paterson
    2019-02-02 22:06

    Agree with previous reviewer that the book's information is unreliable. The strength of the book is that it includes the sources, which makes it easier for users to fact-check the entries. I looked at two entries which I knew something about and found them riddled with errors. The source given for the entry, "Paine, Lewis W." (p. 395), is Paine's autobiographical book, "Six years in a Georgia Prison" (published 1851), but Snodgrass describes Paine as a "Black abolitionist" although Paine states on p. 16 of his own book that he is white. Snodgrass also claims Paine was an "Underground Railroad conductor" (p. 345), a claim which doubtless would have surprised Paine as much as it will surprise anyone reading Paine's autobiography.