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Underground Railroad

When searching Keene-Link use these subject headings:

 Underground Railroad

 Slavery

 Antislavery movements

 Civil War

 Emancipation

When browsing the Keene Public Library shelves use these Dewey Numbers:

 326 and j 326 Slavery and emancipation

 973.6 and j 973.6 United States history, 1845-1861

 General Titles:

Fradin, Dennis B. Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves. Clarion Books, c2000.

Haskins, James. Get On Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad. Scholastic, c1993.

Lester, Julius. To Be a Slave. Dial Books, c1998.

Recommended Web Resources:

Aboard the Underground Railroad: A National Register Travel Itinerary - Description of the houses connected with the Underground Railroad, including the Nathan and Polly Johnson house on 7th Street.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center -Learn about the Underground Railroad and the struggle for freedom.

Underground Railroad -The Underground Railroad, a vast network of people who helped fugitive slaves escape to the North and to Canada, was not run by any single organization or person. Rather, it consisted of many individuals-many whites but predominantly black-who knew the local efforts to aid fugitives and not of the overall operation. Still, it effectively moved hundreds of slaves northward each year-according to one estimate, the South lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850.

Underground Railroad Routes 1860 -The Underground Railroad was a loose association of people, not a system of tracks. Indeed, much of a typical flight to freedom involved many miles of walking, usually at night to avoid detection. Still, it is possible to see these patterns in the escape routes. The refugee slaves tended to areas of easier, known, and more secretive routes, such as the Mississippi River and the Appalachian Mountains.

A Virtual Tour of the Underground Railroad: You Are an Escaped Slave. How will you survive? -Imagine you are a slave in the 1850s. You've never known freedom but you are about to begin a hard, dangerous journey to find it.