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

Author: Cheryl Janifer LaRoche
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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, Cheryl LaRoche focuses instead on free African American communities, the crucial help they provided to individuals fleeing slavery, and the
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Genre/Form: History
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cheryl Janifer LaRoche
ISBN: 9780252038044 0252038045 9780252079542 025207954X
OCLC Number: 893572156
Description: xviii, 232 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: Free black communities. Rocky Fork, Illinois : oral tradition as memory ; Miller Grove, Illinois : linking a free black community to the Underground Railroad ; Lick Creek, Indiana : a Quaker connection ; Poke Patch, Ohio : a different route --
Part II: Geographies of resistance. The geography of resistance ; Rethinking African American migration --
Part III: Family, faith, and fraternity. Family, church, community : pillars of the black Underground Railroad movement ; Faith and fraternity ; Destination freedom --
Appendix: Ministers chart.
Responsibility: Cheryl Janifer LaRoche.

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