“Conveyed as dry goods to a free state”

In the mid-1th century, an extensive network of people and institutions worked to secretly transfer enslaved Africans in the southern United States to free states in the north. This network was called the Underground Railroad, and public interest in it has increased significantly in the last decade or so. This author attempts to distill the various public impressions of the railroad.

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The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad

By Kathryn Schulz

The New Yorker

August 22, 2016 Issue

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