I skipped through the last few chapters finding that the points that it was making were being repeated. It exposed me to a period in history that I was not aware of and of the resolve and strength of the Black people to oppose the oppression that there were subject to.
Everybody thinks they know about the underground railroad and it's rightly become one of the heroic narratives of American history with Harriet Tubman as the iconic figure. Historian Eric Foner, who has written extensively about the Civil War era, doesn't puncture the myth, but rather shows just how many brave people were involved, as well as discussing the Abolitionist movement, which was less unified than it seemed, the economic ties of the North to slavery, and the individual escape stories. Tubman actually doesn't appear until late in the narrative, but other major figures, such as Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Lewis Tappan, are shown as key players. An important book for all Americans.
Highly informative, lucid, and definitive history of the underground railroad. Punctures many myths about the underground railroad, slavery in the North, and Northern racial attitudes. Some of the stories of slaves escaping to freedom are exciting and uplifting.
A worthwhile book.
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