It Happened on the Underground Railroad (It Happened In Series)

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From a riverboat worker who dressed as a woman to the abolitionist who died for his beliefs, It Happened on the Underground Railroad offers a gripping look at heroic individuals who became a part of the famous road” to freedom. Read about Peter Still, a former slave who came to the Philadelphia Antislavery Society in search of his family, only to discover that the man sitting in front of him was his brother. Meet the individuals who may have inspired characters in the novels Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved. And experience the heart-pounding fear of a man who mailed himself north.

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Tricia Martineau Wagner is a former elementary school teacher and a reading specialist. She was educated at Miami University and the University of Toledo, where she graduated with honors. She makes her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Mark, and their children Kelsey and Mitchell.

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Al Wetherill stared at the site in front of him and wondered, "Who were these people and where did they go?" He had already surmised from seeing the old pottery shards found in the area that some ancient people must have lived there long ago. But this new sighting interested him.

It was 1882 when Benjamin Alfred (Al) Wetherill had been been told of an odd sight by a man who wintered his stock in Mancos Canyon southwest of present-day Durango, Colorado. The man had looked up into the cliffs and had seen the uninhabited rock ruins of some type of a dwelling, with broad white stripes painted on the walls.

Wetherill, who lived on the nearby Alamo Ranch with his brothers, decided to ride his horse into the canyon and look for himself. He traveled about twelve miles, as the man had instructed, and saw nothing. With dusk approaching he decided to turn back, but as he did his eye caught the top rim of a cave directly above him. It was about 100 feet up. He dismounted his horse and scrambled up the rocky slope. There before him stood standing walls built of rock and painted with white stripes. Pottery fragments, flint chips, and straw-like sandals were found in the debris.

This place would come to be named Sandal House due to the large number of sandals found at this location. It would be among dozens of "cliff dwellings" that were discovered by the Wetherill brothers throughout the following years. Solving the mystery had begun regarding who these people were and where they had gone."

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