From Midnight to Dawn

From Midnight to Dawn

The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad

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From Midnight to Dawn presents compelling portraits of the men and women who established the Underground Railroad and traveled it to find new lives in Canada. Evoking the turmoil and controversies of the time, Tobin illuminates the historic events that forever connected American and Canadian history by giving us the true stories behind well-known figures such as Harriet Tubman and John Brown. She also profiles lesser-known but equally heroic figures such as Mary Ann Shadd, who became the first black female newspaper editor in North America, and Osborne Perry Anderson, the only black survivor of the fighting at Harpers Ferry. An extraordinary examination of a part of American history, From Midnight to Dawn will captivate readers with its tales of hope, courage, and a people’s determination to live equally under the law.

Baker & Taylor
A compelling history of the Underground Railroad brings together a series of portraits of the men and women who established the escape organization for runaway slaves, as well as the people who traveled it to find new lives in Canada, following the dangerous journeys of fugitive former slaves to Detroit and on to safety at African-American settlements north of the border. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

A history of the Underground Railroad brings together portraits of the men and women who established the escape organization for runaway slaves, as well as the people who traveled it to find new lives in Canada.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, c2007
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9781400079360
Characteristics: xi, 272 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Hettie

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Bookwoman247
Feb 08, 2011

From Midnight to Dawn tells the history of the underground railroad, of the settlements of former slaves in the northern states of the U.S., and even more so those in Canada. It is fairly detailed about the settlements and towns, from their inception to the Reconstruction era.

Of course, I'd already known about the underground railroad, and the likes of Harriet Tubman who risked so much for others. I felt as if the book didn't have much new to offer in that respect. What I did find interesting and informative was the in-depth look at the establishment and growth (or decline) of settlements and towns by slave state refugees.

What I, personally, found most interesting of all, though, was how Tobin pointed out, in several instances, possible links between characters and incidents in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and real life people and events. I also liked the reminder of the powerful impact that book had on our history. I've always loved that book!

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