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Author Foner, Eric, 1943- author.

Title Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad / Eric Foner.

Publication Info. Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Large Type, Non-Fiction    LT 973.7115 FON    Available
Edition Large Print edition.
Description 495 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Physical Medium large print rda
Series Thorndike Press large print nonfiction
Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-491).
Contents 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.
Summary 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. Foner presents fresh information -- including a detailed record of slave escapes secretly kept by Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key organizers in New York. It eventually took a civil war to destroy American slavery, but here is the story of the courageous effort to fight slavery by "practical abolition," person by person, family by family.
Subject Underground railroad.
Fugitive slaves -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Large type books.
ISBN 9781410478511 (large print : hardcover)
1410478513 (large print : hardcover)

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