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Abandoned tracks : the Underground Railroad in Washington County, Pennsylvania

Author: W Thomas Mainwaring
Publisher: Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book incorporates elements of antebellum history, Underground Railroad studies, and folklore history. Washington County, PA is located at the border of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and so proved to be a key junction in the 19th century Underground Railroad. Mainwaring goes in depth to separate legends and truth of the actual story of the Railroad in this region, and simultaneously demonstrates how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mainwaring, W. Thomas, 1952-
Abandoned tracks.
Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018012417
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Thomas Mainwaring
ISBN: 9780268103576 0268103577
OCLC Number: 1018461052
Description: xiii, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The twilight of slavery --
Radical abolitionism and the arrival of the Underground Railroad --
The legendary Underground Railroad in Washington County --
The Underground Railroad network in Washington County --
The end of the line --
Appendix: Underground Railroad sites in Washington County.
Responsibility: W. Thomas Mainwaring.

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"This book incorporates elements of antebellum history, Underground Railroad studies, and folklore history. Washington County, PA is located at the border of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and so proved to be a key junction in the 19th century Underground Railroad. Mainwaring goes in depth to separate legends and truth of the actual story of the Railroad in this region, and simultaneously demonstrates how difficult it is to distinguish between fact and fiction. Emotion, memory, family myths, and wishful thinking all combine to obscure the reality of the Underground Railroad, both here and elsewhere in the US"--Provided by publisher.

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