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underground railroad

A secret network for moving and housing fugitives, as in There's definitely an underground railroad helping women escape abusive husbands. This term, dating from the first half of the 1800s, alludes to the network that secretly transported runaway slaves through the northern states to Canada. It was revived more than a century later for similar escape routes.
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In 1904, when she spoke at the 28th annual convention of the New York State Women's Suffrage Association, she said, "I was conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say--I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
Committed to abolition for decades, Gay's term as an Underground Railroad agent is less well known and understood, though his decade and a half role as editor of the American Anti-Siavery Society's newspaper, the National Antislavery Standard, may give us some clues.
For all Americans in search of a shared past, it proves that brutal systems and laws can be overturned from within," former National Park Service Director Robert Stanton wrote in the agency's Underground Railroad handbook.
The spark promises to be the $110 million National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is set to open on the city's historic riverfront in 2004.
From the slave ships to the plantations to the lynchings to the Underground Railroad to the jazz and blues clubs; the voyage is an extraordinary one.
For now, Twyla Tharp Dance will be performing year-round at the church, which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses that helped African Americans escape slavery.
Nevertheless, some people in Baltimore are up in arms over muralist Michael Alewitz's plans to depict Underground Railroad conductor Harriet "Moses" Tubman parting a swirling Red Sea with a rifle.
Eileen Southern's newly published critical editions of Out of Bondage (1876), by Joseph Bradford, and Peculiar Sam; or The Underground Railroad (1879), by Pauline Hopkins, in Garland Publication's series, Nineteenth-Century American Musical Theater, furnish a similar context for the African-American musical.
For example, despite some comment on the Underground Railroad in Ohio and the lack of organized public militancy by San Francisco blacks, the preponderance of this study is confined to the experience of northern and eastern urban blacks.
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) Board of Trustees approved a resolution today authorizing CMC to become the sole member of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC), joining NURFC into the CMC family of organizations.
Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad offers new information that you'd think would already be widely available--but it's not as clear as in this book, which comes from a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian that charts just how strong the resistance to slavery was in the North.
National Essay Contest Announced for Black History Month by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and The 9/12 Generation Project
While the book centers on biographical material on 600 people and families who were part of the Underground Railroad, it also overviews events and offers context.
Guerin will participate in a workshop titled "Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad.
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