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This work covers the Underground Railroad in Kentucky, the southernmost sections of the free states bordering Kentucky along the Ohio River, and, to a lesser extent, the slave states to the immediate south. Kentucky was important because its northern edge, the Ohio River, represented a 300 mile boundary between slavery and freedom. The book examines the landscape of Kentucky and the surrounding states; fugitive slaves before and during the Civil War; and their motivations and escape strategies and the risks involved. The reasons why people broke law and convention to befriend fugitives, common escape routes, crossing points through Kentucky from Tennessee and points south, and specific individuals who provided assistance - all are topics covered.
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J. Blaine Hudson is the chair of the department of Pan-African studies and associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.Review:
"A significant discussion of the complex history of fugitive slaves and the nebulous subject of the Underground Railroad...well-documented" -- Courier-Journal
"A valuable resource" -- The Civil War Courier
"Timely and welcome...useful data" -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
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Book Description McFarland Publishing. Hardcover. Condition: New. 078641345X New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0889073