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Freedoms Talk Lecture Series “Exploration of The Underground Railroad from a Different Perspective”
January 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
This talk draws on new and ongoing research about the Underground Railroad movement from the perspective of the runaways themselves, who they were, their places of origin on the African continent, escape methods, and modes of organizing escape attempts. This is to say that the movement originated from within the enslaved and free black communities, assisted by Native Americans, and later joined by individuals and small groups of white sympathizers. Running away was the first and primary means of resisting domination and enslavement, and predates the founding of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. The movement led indirectly to the Civil War, and remains the primary and most effective democratizing force in American society.