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Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance

Cheryl Janifer LaRoche


This enlightening study employs the tools of archaeology to uncover a new historical perspective on the Underground Railroad. Unlike previous histories of the Underground Railroad, which have focused on frightened fugitive slaves and their benevolent abolitionist accomplices, this book focuses instead on free African American communities, the crucial help they provided to individuals fleeing slavery, and the terrain where those flights to freedom occurred. This book foregrounds several small, rural hamlets on the treacherous southern edge of the free North in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. It de ... More

Keywords: slavery, Underground Railroad, African Americans, freedom, waterways, iron forge, caves, liberation, oppression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038044
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, author
University of Maryland, College Park