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

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

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In this enlightening study, Cheryl Janifer LaRoche 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, LaRoche 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 study foregrounds several small, rural hamlets on the treacherous southern edge of the free North: the African American settlements of Rocky Fork and Miller Grove, Illinois; Lick Creek, Indiana; and Poke Patch, Ohio. LaRoche demonstrates how landscape features such as waterways, iron forges, and caves played a key role in the conduct and effectiveness of the Underground Railroad.   Quality Paperback.

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