The Underground Railroad in Michigan

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McFarland, Feb 27, 2015 - History - 223 pages
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Though living far north of the Mason-Dixon line, many mid-nineteenth-century citizens of Michigan rose up to protest the moral offense of slavery; they published an abolitionist newspaper and founded an anti-slavery society, as well as a campaign for emancipation. By the 1840s, a prominent abolitionist from Illinois had crossed the state line to Michigan, establishing new stations on the Underground Railroad. This book is the first comprehensive exploration of abolitionism and the network of escape from slavery in the state. First-person accounts are interwoven with an expansive historical overview of national events to offer a fresh examination of Michigan’s critical role in the movement to end American slavery.
 

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The book is well written and organized. There is a lot of information which could be helpful to anyone researching the history of Michigan and adds a new dimension to the state's history.
We have
a rich heritage in Michigan and this book serves Michigan well.
Thank you Ms. Mull for you time and efforts to pen such a worthy book for my library and my coffee table.
Les Jackson
 

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This book is a "must have" for ANYONE interested in researching the Underground Railroad! The book is well written and documented. Michigan played a major role in the Underground Railroad movement as it was often the last stop before freedom was attained in Canada. Michigan of course was not the only avenue into Canada but the relatively narrow crossing of the Detroit river sure seemed appealing.
In this book, myths about the Railroad are dispelled, facts are presented and pictures are painted with the goings on in an attempt to depict the Railroads inner workings as historical fact.
Find out what the Underground Railroad was, how it operated, who assisted the travelers and discover the potential dangers of escaping from slavery to freedom in Canada.
Michigan has a rich history entwined in the history of slavery.
Les Jackson.
 

Contents

Preface
1
Glossary
5
Slavery Settlement and the Underground Railroad
7
New Beginnings to End Slavery
105
Conclusion
163
Appendix 1
171
Appendix 2
175
Appendix 3
179
Chapter Notes
181
Bibliography
197
Index
205
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About the author (2015)

Carol E. Mull is a historic preservationist and Underground Railroad scholar. She was the recipient of the Eastern Michigan University 2012 Alumna Achievement Award and The Underground Railroad Free Press 2012 Prize for the Advancement of Knowledge. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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