Bound for the Future: Child Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Bound for the Future: Child Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Bound for the Future: Child Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Bound for the Future: Child Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Synopsis

Through careful, detailed consideration of a host of primary documents about the young activists who formed the Underground Railroad's underappreciated operational workforce, this book offers fresh insight to the complex question, "Who ended slavery?"

Excerpt

I found myself beyond the power of restraint. When the tears ceased to
flow a new impulse seemed to fill my whole being, and then and there I
vowed eternal hate to Rome.’ In all my life that vow was kept amid
sunshine or storm.”

—Addison Coffin, on assisting
a tortured fugitive when he was 13

In this world, no one rules by loveyou must have a genius for
organizing.”

—John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

The fugitive walks with the wild discipline of an honest person committing a crime. He cannot allow himself the luxury of running. His pace, in fact, must be impossibly perfect. If he travels too slowly, he will lose his family forever; too quickly and he will be caught. Perhaps the fugitive harbors some dull and hopeful place among the feral misery filling his breast. If so, it isn’t apparent to the young boy watching him from the side of the old Salem Road near Greensboro, North Carolina. Right away, the boy surmises the tragedy that is occurring.

The fugitive asks how far ahead a train of wagons had passed. the boy answers that it’s about a half-mile ahead, and the fugitive pushes on. the . . .

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