The Resource Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner

Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner

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Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad
Title
Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad
Statement of responsibility
Eric Foner
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Language
eng
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
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
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Foner, Eric
Dewey number
973.7/115
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
E450
LC item number
.F66 2015b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print nonfiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Underground Railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Antislavery movements
  • Large type books
Label
Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-491)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn899229103
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
495 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410478511
Lccn
2014048767
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
(OCoLC)899229103
Label
Gateway to freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad, Eric Foner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-491)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn899229103
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
495 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410478511
Lccn
2014048767
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
(OCoLC)899229103

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