Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the Underground Railroad

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The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. They are little known to history: Sydney Howard Gay, an abolitionist newspaper editor; Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher; Charles B. Ray, a black minister. At great risk they operated the underground railroad in New York, a city whose businesses, banks, and politics were deeply enmeshed in the slave economy. In secret coordination with black dockworkers who alerted them to the arrival of fugitives and with counterparts in Norfolk, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Albany, and Syracuse, underground-railroad operatives in New York helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Their defiance of the notorious Fugitive Slave Law inflamed the South. White and black, educated and illiterate, they were heroic figures in the ongoing struggle between slavery and freedom. Making brilliant use of fresh evidence-including the meticulous record of slave rescues secretly kept by Gay-Eric Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history.
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subject_facet Antislavery movements -- United States -- History
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Fugitive slaves -- United States -- History
Fugitive slaves -- United States -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery
Slavery -- United States -- History
Underground Railroad -- History
Underground railroad
title_display Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad
title_full Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the Underground Railroad [electronic resource] / Eric Foner
Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad / Eric Foner
title_short Gateway to freedom :
title_sub the hidden history of the Underground Railroad
topic_facet Antislavery movements
Fugitive slaves
History
Slavery
Underground Railroad
Underground railroad