The Underground Railroad: A Primary Source History of the Journey to Freedom

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The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc, 15.01.2004 - 64 Seiten
The Underground Railroad was a secretive and illegal organization that helped American slaves escape to freedom in the northern United States and Canada. This important book provides an in-depth study of the events and key figures behind the Railroads formation and operation. This gripping historical narrative is told mainly through contemporary primary sources. Taken together, they relate in fascinating detail one of the darkest, yet most inspiring chapters in American history.

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Introduction The Long Ride to Freedom
4
The Freedom Train Gains Steam
26
A Gathering Storm
38
Primary Source Transcriptions
55
Primary Source Image List
62
Urheberrecht

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Seite 61 - Resolved, That more effectual provision ought to be made by law, according to the requirement of the constitution, for the restitution and delivery of persons bound to service or labor in any State, who may escape into any other State or Territory in the Union.
Seite 61 - I intended certainly to have made a clean thing of that matter, as I did last winter, when I went into Missouri and there took slaves without the snapping of a gun on either side, moved them through the country, and finally left them in Canada. I designed to have done the same thing again, on a larger scale. That was all I intended. I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.
Seite 61 - I believe that to have interfered as I have done, as I have always freely admitted I have done, in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right. Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments — I submit: so let it be done.
Seite 61 - In the first place, I deny everything but what I have all along admitted, — the design on my part to free the slaves. I intended certainly to have made a clean thing of that matter, as I did last winter, when I went into Missouri and there took slaves without the snapping of a gun on either side...
Seite 61 - I believe that to have interfered as I have done — as I have always freely admitted I have done — in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right Now,. if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave...
Seite 61 - ... effectual provision ought to be made by law, according to the requirement of the constitution, for the restitution and delivery of persons bound to service or labor in any State, who may escape into any other State or Territory in the Union. And, 8.

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