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Dramatic Firsthand Accounts of Daring Escapes to FreedomKnowing very few details concerning the Underground Railroad I felt compelled to read The Underground Railroad Blinded by the misconceptions of many history books that my teachers reinforced through their lectures I was determined to find out the entire truth of my ancestors rigorous route to freedomWhat I recall from my high school history courses is that for the most part only Quakers white abolitionist aided the helpless fugitive slaves to freedom The author stated that few Quakers were sincerely involved in the Underground Network and Lucretia Mott Thomas Garrett Susan B Anthony and John Leaf Whittier were four of the most significant Although the Quakers did help with the success of the Underground Railroad there involvement has been grossly exaggerated stereotypeFor over a century Harriet Tubmans Frederick Douglass Sojourner Truths and William Stills roles as heroes and leaders of the Underground Network have been overlooked To say the least these people courageously risked their lives for the freedom of others That is whyHarriet Tubman known as the Moses of her people struggled persistently to achieve her heaven sent goals Frederick Douglas escaped from slavery in Maryland to become the most eloquent spokesman for freedom in print as well as on the platform Sojourner Truth was near penniless and still managed to achieve the funds to continue her unrelenting rescue work William Still a black historian with outstanding narrative skills published his famous Underground Railroad in 1872 He was fortunate to interview every slave sent to him and his knowledge of fugitives was immeasurableThe author Charles L Blockson uniquely ties these important facts in with dramatic firsthand accounts of courageous attempts to freedom It astonished me how vivid these accounts were which lead me into further research to somewhat validate the authors accounts Every account that I researched matched up with the authors take on the actual events This is important because such information can sometimes be
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