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Gateway to Freedom - The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Eric Foner

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Genres:

History

Description:

The dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. They are little known to history: Sydney Howard Gay, an abolitionist newspaper editor; Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher; Charles B. Ray, a black minister. At great risk they operated the underground railroad in New York, a city whose businesses, banks, and politics were deeply enmeshed in the slave economy. In secret coordination with black dockworkers who alerted them to the arrival of fugitives and with counterparts in Norfolk, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Albany, and Syracuse, underground-railroad operatives in New York helped more than 3,000 fugitive slaves reach freedom between 1830 and 1860. Their defiance of the notorious Fugitive Slave Law inflamed the South. White and black, educated and illiterate, they were heroic figures in the ongoing struggle between slavery and freedom. Making brilliant use of fresh evidence-including the meticulous record of slave rescues secretly kept by Gay-Eric Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history.

Language:

English

Narrators:

J.D. Jackson

Length:

9h 3m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

07:59


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

16:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

40:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

40:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

40:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

33:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

36:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:18