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Bound for Canaan : the underground railroad and the war for the soul of America

Author: Fergus M Bordewich
Publisher: New York : Amistad, [2004], ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Advance reader's ed., 1st edView all editions and formats
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An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change The civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, slave and free, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad, a movement that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fergus M Bordewich
ISBN: 0060524308 9780060524302
OCLC Number: 57313549
Notes: "An advanced reader's edition from uncorrected proofs"--Back cover. Notes on the back cover indicate that the regular edition is scheduled to be published in April 2005, with 526 p., and a 16 page black-and-white insert (not found in this version).
Description: xii, 510 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Beginnings: 1800 to 1830 --
Connections: 1830s --
Confrontation: 1840s --
Victory 1850s.
Responsibility: Fergus M. Bordewich.

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An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change The civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, slave and free, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad, a movement that occupies as romantic a place in the nation's imagination as the Lewis and Clark expedition. The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country's westward expansion arose a fierce clash of values that was nothing less than a war for the country's soul. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also subverted federal law. Bound for Canaan tells the stories of men and women like David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change. Annotation. An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired political movement for change: the Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk. 16-page insert.

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