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Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad by Cassandra L Newby-Alexander Phd
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Enslaved Virginians sought freedom from the time they were first brought to the Jamestown colony in 1619. Acts of self-emancipation were aided by Virginia's waterways, which became part of the network of the Underground Railroad in the years before the Civil War. Watermen willing to help escaped slaves made eighteenth-century Norfolk a haven for freedom seekers. Famous nineteenth-century escapees like Shadrack Minkins and Henry "Box" Brown were aided by the Underground Railroad. Enslaved men like Henry Lewey, known as Bluebeard, aided freedom seekers as conductors, and black and white sympathizers acted as station masters. Historian Cassandra Newby-Alexander narrates the ways that enslaved people used Virginia's waterways to achieve humanity's dream of freedom.
Release date NZ
December 4th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
68 Illustrations
Imprint
History Press
Dimensions
152x229x8
ISBN-13
9781625859631
Product ID
27305432

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