Places of the Underground Railroad by Tom Calarco

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Places of the Underground Railroad by Tom Calarco

This encyclopedia with 75 detailed entries of places involved in the UGRR includes those by several authors in addition to Tom, notably Underground
Railroad historian, Kathryn Grover, author of Fugitives Gibraltar. A significant feature is a series of maps tracing the various routes used by fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad. They maps cannot be found in any other books, and while there are similar maps in the books by Siebert and Switala, they are not as detailed.

A Geographical Guide provides an overview of the numerous locations that made up this exceptional route to freedom, with entries selected to represent all regions of the United States and Canada. This unique book, Places of the Underground Railroad by Tom Calarco, examines the complexities of travel that enabled the “conductors” to complete the jobs assigned to them, in contrast to other publications on the Underground Railroad that focus on the persons involved. It accurately depicts the locations of the Underground Railroad and how it functioned, as well as the routes, connections, and itineraries that connected the numerous Railroad places.

Places of the Underground Railroad by Tom Calarco provides readers with information about these locations from the beginning of organized aid to escaped slaves in the years following the American Revolution until the Civil War. By identifying the rivers, railroads, and canals that were occasionally used, it highlights the potential routes that escaping slaves may have chosen to go. And it reveals the existence of a network among those who took part in the Underground Railroad, although one that was decentralized and shifted across time and space.

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