"I had reasoned dis out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to; liberty or death; if I could not have one, I whould have de oder."
Enslave a people and they will find a way to escape. As the Underground Railroad developed, a metaphor unfolded that grew into a culture and myth of its own. People were passengers, although they never set foot on a train car; homes were stations, but there were no tracks; conductors led a group of people but never collected tickets. It was a road to freedom that followed the drinking gourd, a code name for the Big Dipper.
When did the Underground Railroad begin? How many people …