The Underground Railroad Pulitzer Prize Winner National Book Award Winner Oprah s Book Club

The Underground Railroad  Pulitzer Prize Winner   National Book Award Winner   Oprah s Book Club
Author: Colson Whitehead
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2016-08-02
ISBN: 0385537042
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Pulitzer Prize Winner National Book Award Winner Oprah s Book Club Book Excerpt:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The basis for the acclaimed original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. Look for Colson Whitehead’s bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

The Underground Railroad Oprah s Book Club

The Underground Railroad  Oprah s Book Club
Author: Colson Whitehead
Publsiher: Random House Large Print
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2016-08-02
ISBN: 1524736309
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Oprah s Book Club Book Excerpt:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Now an original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. Look for Colson Whitehead’s best-selling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Author: Ann Malaspina
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2010
ISBN: 1438131291
Category: Abolitionists
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

When the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was passed by Congress, the flight to freedom for runaway slaves became even more dangerous. Even the free cities of Boston and Philadelphia were no longer safe, and abolitionists who despised slavery had to turn in fugitives. But the Underground Railroad, a secret and loosely organized network of people and safe houses that led slaves to freedom, only grew stronger. Since the late 1700s, blacks and whites had banded together to aid runaways like Maryland slave Frederick Douglass, who disguised himself as a sailor to board a train to New York. Virginia slave Henry Brown packed himself in a box to get to Philadelphia. The minister John Rankin, who hung a lantern to guide runaways to his house by the Ohio River, endured beatings for speaking against slavery. Quaker storeowner Thomas Garrett was put on trial for helping fugitives in Delaware. Meanwhile, the nation marched on toward Civil War. At its height, between 1810 and 1850, these secret routes and safe houses were used by an estimated 30,000 people escaping enslavement. In The Underground Railroad: The Journey to Freedom, read how this secret system worked in the days leading up to the Civil War and the pivotal role it played in the abolitionist movement.

John Todd and the Underground Railroad

John Todd and the Underground Railroad
Author: James Patrick Morgans
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2006-10-04
ISBN: 0786427833
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

John Todd and the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

Born November 10, 1818, John Todd grew up in the rural area surrounding Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The most formative experience of his life was attending college in Oberlin, Ohio. A one-of-a-kind educational institution, Oberlin College was fully integrated--allowing men and women, black and white, to attend the same classes--at a time when the entire country was in a racial upheaval. As a result, Oberlin turned out a group of men and women almost devoid of racial prejudice. It was from this pool of graduates that many of the founders of Tabor, Iowa, were drawn. They were determined to found an Oberlin-like college in the westernmost territory of the United States, so it was no surprise that this group quickly became active in the Underground Railroad and other abolitionist activities. This biography details the life of the Reverend John Todd and presents the story of the Underground Railroad Station in Tabor. With the life of Todd as a common thread, the book explores how the station began and the noble purposes behind its birth. From the beginning of Todd's career at Oberlin College, the book follows him from an unsatisfying first pastorate to the site of his life's work in Tabor, where he would provide spiritual guidance and leadership, along with friend George Gaston, for the settlement. The work covers the prewar construction of the Tabor Literary Institute, which was beset by financial and administrative difficulties from the beginning. With a singleness of purpose spurred on by Todd and Gaston, the residents of Tabor joined in the abolitionist movement through participation not only in the Underground Railroad but in the Jim Lane Trail and Kansas Free State Movement as well. John Brown was in and out of Tabor on many occasions, bringing escaped slaves with him. Todd's service in the Union Army and jubilation with the Federal victory are also discussed. An appendix contains various letters and documents pertaining to the Todd family, the Underground Railroad and other abolitionist activities.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Author: DIANE Publishing Company
Publsiher: DIANE Publishing
Total Pages: 210
Release: 1995-02
ISBN: 9780788146572
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

A study by the National Park Service on how to best interpret & commemorate the Underground Railroad, emphasizing the approximate routes taken by slaves escaping to freedom before the Civil War. Findings: the Underground Railroad story is nationally significant; a few elements of the story are represented in existing National Park Service units & other sites, but many important resource types are not adequately represented & protected; many sites remain that meet established criteria for designation as national historic landmarks; many sites are in imminent danger of being lost or destroyed, etc. Illustrated.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Author: Dan Stearns
Publsiher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Total Pages: 68
Release: 2005-12-15
ISBN: 9780836864281
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

Traces the life and accomplishments of the heroic abolitionist who escaped from slavery in Maryland in 1849, and became the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad.

The Mystery on the Underground Railroad

The Mystery on the Underground Railroad
Author: Carole Marsh
Publsiher: Gallopade International
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2010-01-01
ISBN: 0635069075
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mystery on the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

One secret quilt, two magic johnnycakes, three wishes for good luck, tons of trouble and seconds to escape! When four real kids visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Philadelphia, they learn the history, geography, and secrets of the Underground Railroad as they race to find stolen quilts before the grand opening! LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more! The Underground Railroad - Definition - Origins ? Vocabulary (conductors, passengers, stations, etc.) ¥ Use of constellations ¥ Location of stations ¥ Details of how, why, and when conductors moved passengers ¥ Use of quilts and symbols ¥ Harriet Tubman ¥ Friendship Road ¥ Statistics ¥ Conditions along the journey north ¥ William Still, a conductor, escaped slave, author ¥ Thomas Garrett and his work as a conductor ¥ Definition of abolitionists ¥ Beginnings of slavery ¥ Typical life of slaves ¥ Slave auctions ¥ Plantation life ¥ Emancipation Proclamation ¥ Quakers as abolitionists ¥ Resting trees ¥ USS Constellation ¥ History of the Liberty Bell ¥ Thomas Garrett and his work as a conductor ¥ Definition of abolitionists ¥ Beginnings of slavery ¥ Typical life of slaves ¥ Slave auctions ¥ Plantation life ¥ Emancipation Proclamation ¥ Quakers as abolitionists ¥ Resting trees ¥ USS Constellation ¥ His Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA. Like all of Carole Marsh Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities. Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book: Grade Levels: 3-6 Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 5.1 Accelerated Reader Points: 3 Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 74566 Lexile Measure: 770 Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q Developmental Assessment Level: 40

History of the Underground Railroad

History of the Underground Railroad
Author: Robert Clemens Smedley
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 407
Release: 1969
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Chester County (Pa.)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

History of the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 800
Release: 2015-03-26
ISBN: 1317454154
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

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.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Author: William Still
Publsiher: Read Books Ltd
Total Pages: 1048
Release: 2022-02-08
ISBN: 1528793013
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

William Still (1821–1902) was an African-American abolitionist, businessman, writer, historian, civil rights activist. He was also a conductor on the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses created in the United States during the early to the mid-19th century for use by African American slaves in order to escape into free states or Canada. In 1872, he published “The Underground Railroad”, an account of the underground system and the experiences of 649 slaves who escaped to freedom. An incredible collection of real-life stories that provide a unique insight into the adversity faced by pre-emancipation African-Americans. Contents include: “Seth Concklin”, “Underground Rail Road Letters”, “William Peel, alias William Box Peel Jones”, “Wesley Harris, alias Robert Jackson, and the Matterson Brothers”, “Death of Romulus Hall—New Name George Weems”, “James Mercer, Wm. H. Gilliam, and John Clayton”, “Clarissa Davis”, “Anthony Blow, alias Henry Levison”, “Perry Johnson, of Elkton, Maryland”, “Isaac Forman, William Davis, and Willis Redick”, etc. Read & Co. History is proudly republishing this classic book in a brand new edition complete with an introductory biography by William Wells Brown.

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad
Author: J. Blaine Hudson
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2006-03-03
ISBN: 0786424591
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

Fugitive slaves were reported in the American colonies as early as the 1640s, and escapes escalated with the growth of slavery over the next two hundred years. As the number of fugitives rose, the Southern states pressed for harsher legislation that they thought would prevent escapes. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 criminalized any assistance, active or passive, to a runaway slave--yet it only encouraged the behavior it sought to prevent. Friends of the fugitive, whose previous assistance to runaways had been somewhat haphazard, increased their efforts at organization. By the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the Underground Railroad included members, defined stops, set escape routes and a code language. From the abolitionist movement to the Zionville Baptist Missionary Church, this encyclopedia focuses on the people, ideas, events and places associated with the interrelated histories of fugitive slaves, the African American struggle for equality and the American antislavery movement. Information is drawn from primary sources such as public records, document collections, slave autobiographies and antebellum newspapers. Entries contain pointers to related entries and suggestions for further research. Appendices include information such as a geographical listing of selected friends of the fugitive, noted Underground Railroad sites administered by the National Parks Service, a bibliography of slave autobiographies and selected Underground Railroad songs. A chronology of slavery and the Underground Railroad is also included.

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD With Illustrations

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  With Illustrations
Author: William Still
Publsiher: e-artnow
Total Pages: 1265
Release: 2017-02-09
ISBN: 802687370X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD With Illustrations Book Excerpt:

This carefully crafted ebook: "THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (With Illustrations)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. This book chronicles the stories of some 649 slaves who escaped to freedom via the Underground Railroad, a secret network formed by abolitionists and former slaves who helped them escape to the North. This book's original aim was to reunite those slaves with their families. But now it has turned into an important historical document that visiblises the existence of those who suffered inhuman cruelty at the hands of Southern Slave Owners and yet had the courage to break free. These unknown heroes and heroines were in true sense the founding fathers of African American Communities. This is why their stories must be heard and brought back from oblivion. A MUST READ! Excerpt: "Like millions of my race, my mother and father were born slaves, but were not contented to live and die so. My father purchased himself in early manhood by hard toil. Mother saw no way for herself and children to escape the horrors of bondage but by flight. Bravely, with her four little ones, with firm faith in God and an ardent desire to be free, she forsook the prison-house, and succeeded, through the aid of my father, to reach a free State. The old familiar slave names had to be changed…" William Still (1821–1902) was an African-American abolitionist, conductor on the Underground Railroad, writer, historian and civil rights activist. He was chairman of the Vigilance Committee of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society and directly aided fugitive slaves by keeping records of their lives and helping families reunite after the abolishment of slavery.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Author: Judy Dodge Cummings
Publsiher: Nomad Press
Total Pages: 130
Release: 2017-03-20
ISBN: 1619304872
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

Imagine leaving everything you’ve ever known—your friends, family, and home—to travel along roads you’ve never seen before, getting help from people you’ve never met before, with the constant threat of capture hovering over your every move. Would you risk your life on the Underground Railroad to gain freedom from slavery? Tens of thousands of African American men, women, and children did just that, and thousands more risked their lives to help them. In The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom, readers ages 9 to 12 examine how slavery developed in the United States and what motivated abolitionists to work for its destruction. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses operated by conductors and station masters, both black and white. Readers travel the Underground Railroad as they follow true stories of enslaved people who braved patrols, the wilderness, hunger, and their own fear in a quest for freedom. The legacy of the Underground Railroad is also explored—how it provoked the Civil War, how it laid the seeds of activism for African Americans and women, and how it remains a model of resistance that still inspires people today. Throughout the book, readers do the work of historians as they dissect primary sources, including slave narratives, runaway ads, and the music that inspired enslaved people. Projects include printing African cloth, constructing a model swamp refuge, cooking a typical slave meal, composing a song with a hidden message, and navigating to freedom by reading the nighttime sky. There are many myths about the Underground Railroad. However, the real history of this crusade is more dramatic than any legend. The lives of the men and women involved in the Underground Railroad reveal a story of inspiration, moral and physical courage, and personal sacrifice. The Underground Railroad informs students’ understanding of modern race relations and provides a historical context for current events. Amidst the countless tragedies that centuries of slavery brought to African-Americans lie tales of hope, resistance, courage, sacrifice, and victory—truly an American story.

The Underground Railroad in Ohio

The Underground Railroad in Ohio
Author: Kathy Schulz
Publsiher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2023-01-09
ISBN: 1439676879
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad in Ohio Book Excerpt:

Ohio was at the heart of it all. During a dark time in United States history, thousands of freedom seekers traveled the Underground Railroad through Ohio. The Buckeye State hosted about half of all fugitive slave traffic of the antebellum era. A mix of Northern and Southern settlers in the state added drama to a struggle that led to major benefits for the state and the country. Unfortunately, this epic past was obscured by silence and secrecy and then distorted with misinformation and folklore--until now. Author and native Ohioan Kathy Schulz accurately details the development and workings of Ohio's Underground Railroad with true stories of Addison White, John Parker and others.

Who Travelled the Underground Railroad

Who Travelled the Underground Railroad
Author: Cath Senker
Publsiher: Raintree
Total Pages: 66
Release: 2015-02-12
ISBN: 1406273163
Category: Underground Railroad
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Travelled the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

How do we know about the American slaves who escaped using what is known as the Underground Railroad, and about the people that organized it? What were they escaping from, and what happened to them? This book shows how we know about the fugitives and their experiences from primary and other sources. It includes information on some historical detective work that has taken place, using documentary and archaeological evidence, that has enabled historians to piece together the fascinating story of the Underground Railroad.

William Still and the Underground Railroad

William Still and the Underground Railroad
Author: Lurey Khan
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010-03-29
ISBN: 9781440186271
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

William Still and the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

The Stills were the prototypical African American family who lived, worked, and sometimes prospered before, during, and after the Civil War. History is replete with the selfless contributions of these black individuals. Beginning in the waning decades of the 18th century on Maryland's Eastern Shore, a slave named Levin Steel confronted his slave master with a demand his owner could not ignore-his urge to be a free man. He bought himself, settled in the Pines of Burlington County, New Jersey, in 1806, and was soon joined there by his self-emancipated wife, Charity. The dynasty these hardworking former slaves began in 1807 produced a bevy of freeborn children, who were the ancestors of our central character, William Still. Although it was William who ran station two, the hub of the American Underground Railroad in Philadelphia, beginning in the 1840s, his siblings accomplished a staggering list of professional, entrepreneurial, social welfare, and legal activities while the mass of American slaves lay in chains in the South. After the Civil War, when emancipation came to the slaves, William Still, a successful coal merchant, used his own money to finance a host of civil rights and other social reforms to elevate the freed men arriving in the city.

Discovering the Underground Railroad

Discovering the Underground Railroad
Author: National Park Service (U.S.)
Publsiher: Government Printing Office
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2012-01-31
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discovering the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

Provides activities for children ages 5-12 to learn about the history of the underground railroad and the Emancipation Proclamation. Activities include circling items as well as fill-in-the-blanks, reading comprehension, a maze game, historical timeline, word find puzzle, a crossword puzzle, journal entries for this booklet and section for individual notes.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Author: Ann Heinrichs
Publsiher: Capstone
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780756501020
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

Describes the underground railroad which helped slaves escape to freedom.

A Study Guide for Colson Whitehead s The Underground Railroad

A Study Guide for Colson Whitehead s  The Underground Railroad
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 21
Release: 2023
ISBN: 1410392880
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for Colson Whitehead s The Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

A Study Guide for Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

A Primary Source Investigation of the Underground Railroad

A Primary Source Investigation of the Underground Railroad
Author: Viola Jones,Philip Wolny
Publsiher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Total Pages: 66
Release: 2015-07-15
ISBN: 1499435177
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Primary Source Investigation of the Underground Railroad Book Excerpt:

In the decades before the Civil War effectively ended the institution of slavery in the United States, many people risked their lives to rescue Southern African Americans from the shackles of slavery and shepherd them to the safety of the Northern states and Canada. Thousands of slaves made the journey under cover of night. Once free, some became agents of the railroad while others educated those in the North about the horrors of slavery. The remarkable stories of people who would achieve freedom or die trying are chronicled within these pages.