The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Title The Underground Railroad PDF eBook
Author Colson Whitehead
Publisher Anchor
Pages 337
Release 2018-01-30
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0345804325

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • "An American masterpiece" (NPR) that 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 new novel, Crook Manifesto, coming soon!




The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Title The Underground Railroad PDF eBook
Author Colson Whitehead
Publisher
Pages 0
Release 2022
Genre African Americans
ISBN 9781510057630

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WOUB Public Television and Radio at Ohio University presents audio files of interviews with historians Henry Burke and Michel Perdreau regarding the history of African Americans in southeastern Ohio. The historians discuss their research, the Underground Railroad in Ohio, and their outreach programs.




The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
Title The Underground Railroad PDF eBook
Author Colson Whitehead
Publisher Hachette UK
Pages 297
Release 2016-10-06
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0708898386

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NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES BY BARRY JENKINS (COMING MAY 2021) WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017 WINNER OF THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD 2017 LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER 2016 'Whitehead is on a roll: the reviews have been sublime' Guardian 'Luminous, furious, wildly inventive' Observer 'Hands down one of the best, if not the best, book I've read this year' Stylist 'Dazzling' New York Review of Books Praised by Barack Obama and an Oprah Book Club Pick, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award 2016 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North. In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates 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 the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.




Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad
Title Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad PDF eBook
Author J. Blaine Hudson
Publisher McFarland
Pages 318
Release 2015-01-09
Genre History
ISBN 1476602301

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Fugitive slaves were reported in the American colonies as early as the 1640s, and escapes escalated with the growth of slavery over the next 200 years. As the number of fugitives rose, the Southern states pressed for harsher legislation to 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.




What Was the Underground Railroad?

What Was the Underground Railroad?
Title What Was the Underground Railroad? PDF eBook
Author Yona Zeldis McDonough
Publisher Penguin
Pages 129
Release 2013-12-26
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 0448467127

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No one knows where the term Underground Railroad came from--there were no trains or tracks, only "conductors" who helped escaping slaves to freedom. Including real stories about "passengers" on the "Railroad," this book chronicles slaves' close calls with bounty hunters, exhausting struggles on the road, and what they sacrificed for freedom. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, the Underground Railroad comes alive!




History of the Underground Railroad in Chester and the Neighboring Counties of Pennsylvania

History of the Underground Railroad in Chester and the Neighboring Counties of Pennsylvania
Title History of the Underground Railroad in Chester and the Neighboring Counties of Pennsylvania PDF eBook
Author Robert Clemens Smedley
Publisher
Pages 474
Release 1883
Genre Abolitionists
ISBN

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Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad

Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad
Title Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad PDF eBook
Author Eber M. Pettit
Publisher
Pages 186
Release 1879
Genre HISTORY
ISBN

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This volume contains a multitude of wonderful stories that weave together a picture of life in the South in the 1800s and the fear and courage of those that participated in helping thousands of people escape slavery. The work also includes chapters on the politics of the time, and the oft-times contradictory laws that were passed.