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The Underground Railroad: The Long Journey to Freedom in Canada

The Underground Railroad: The Long Journey to Freedom in Canada    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55277-581-3
Pages 144
Language English only
Price $9.95
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Written by L.D. Cross
Published by James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2010.


After the abolition of slavery in the British empire, it persisted for decades in much of the U.S. Even in states where slavery was illegal, slaves were subject to capture and return to their owners. The only sure escape was to cross the border into Canada.

The Underground Railway was an informal network of secret routes and safe houses, an organized escape route run by blacks and whites who opposed slavery and who helped black Americans find freedom in Canada. They arrived at points as far east as Nova Scotia and as far west as British Columbia, but the vast majority landed in southwestern Ontario.

The Underground Railroad: The Long Journey to Freedom in Canada relates some of the greatest North American escape stories. It chronicles the lives of black American slaves, many of who used the "railroad," an informal network of hidden routes and safe houses, to get to their promised land. This book tells of their journeys, their hardships, and their successes in establishing early black settlements in central, western, and eastern Canada.

L.D. Cross recounts the harrowing experiences of many including Harriet Tubman, a slave who escaped and later helped many others to do so and Alexander Ross a white doctor and ornithologist from London, Ontario who travelled many times to southern plantations to 'study birds' and to surreptitiously hand out information regarding the secret routes leading to freedom in the north.

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