The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations

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The culmination of years of research in dozens of archives and libraries, this fascinating encyclopedia provides an unprecedented look at the network known as the Underground Railroad - that mysterious "system" of individuals and organizations that helped slaves escape the American South to freedom during the years before the Civil War. In operation as early as the 1500s and reaching its peak with the abolitionist movement of the antebellum period, the Underground Railroad saved countless lives and helped alter the course of American history. This is the most complete reference on the Underground Railroad ever published. It includes full coverage of the Railroad in both the United States and Canada, which was the ultimate destination of many of the escaping slaves. "The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations" explores the people, places, writings, laws, and organizations that made this network possible. More than 1,500 entries detail the families and personalities involved in the operation, and sidebars extract primary source materials for longer entries. This encyclopedia features extensive supporting materials, including maps with actual Underground Railroad escape routes, photos, a chronology, genealogies of those involved in the operation, a listing of Underground Railroad operatives by state or Canadian province, a "passenger" list of escaping slaves, and primary and secondary source bibliographies.

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*Starred Review* These volumes cover all aspects of the Underground Railroad, with astounding depth and detail. Snodgrass, a freelance author and researcher, clearly knows (and loves) her topic, evident in the nearly 1,500 individual entries. Entries cover people, places, and events, with biographical entries the most common. They range from a few paragraphs to a few pages for the most active individuals.  Modeling best practices in reference publications, every entry has see also references and a source list. Black-and-white photos often accompany the biographical entries, and occasional images for the topical entries, such as the reproduction of a Massachusetts abolitionist poster denouncing the Fugitive Slave Law, greatly enhance the work. The high quality and detailed subject entries alone are enough to make this work highly recommended; the additional materials make the work outstanding. Six maps at the beginning of volume 1 set the stage for the entries, with details about routes, stops, and land and sea escape and crossing points. Volume 2 includes an excellent and detailed chronology, primary and secondary source bibliographies, and three appendixes. The first appendix, a set of genealogies for all the major players in the Underground Railroad, greatly adds to the readers’ understanding of the complex relationships between some of the key families. The second appendix is a complete list of all the known and suspected passengers ever to travel the Underground Railroad, organized by state. The hundreds of names on the list also include their departure and arrival points (when known) and date of flight. The third appendix lists all the known or suspected operators by their state and province, including dates of operation, birth, and death. Volume 2 concludes with a comprehensive index. With the Underground Railroad a popular school-paper topic, this is highly recommended for public libraries and school libraries, especially those not already owning Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad (McFarland, 2006). The high quality and scholarly depth make this reference book an essential purchase for all academic libraries. Consider circulating it to scholars who will benefit from the meticulous research and copious references. --Jessica Moyer

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Grade 6 Up—Entries on people are listed in alphabetical order by individual or family, and include birth and death dates, if known. They describe the individuals' roles in the Underground Railroad, and their accomplishments, locations, and connections. A few of these biographies (Harriet Tubman, philanthropists Levi and Catherine White Coffin) and topics (Oberlin College, disguise) are slightly more than a page, though most articles range in length from less than one third of a column to a full column. Highlighted information (usually quotes, with annotations, related to the text) is placed in gray boxes. Every article concludes with at least one source, and some have a cross-reference. Both volumes include the same set of seven gray-toned maps that show routes to freedom, escape and arrival points, and settlements. The layout permits easy use with two columns of text per page surrounded by margins that help the page to appear spacious. Illustrations include reproductions of early black-and-white photos, political cartoons, newspaper articles, and posters. The second half of volume two is devoted to a chronology from 1746 to 1865; family trees; state-by-state listings of operatives and known passengers, including their dates of flight, places of escape, and destinations; primary- and secondary-source bibliographies; and an extensive index. This set adds names and faces to a long-neglected segment of U.S. history. A first choice.—Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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