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Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County, Pennsylvania

W. Thomas Mainwaring
Format
Book
Published
Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2018]
Language
English
ISBN
9780268103576, 0268103577
Summary
"This book incorporates elements of antebellum history, Underground Railroad studies, and folklore history. Washington County, PA is located at the border of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and so proved to be a key junction in the 19th century Underground Railroad. Mainwaring goes in depth to separate legends and truth of the actual story of the Railroad in this region, and simultaneously demonstrates how difficult it is to distinguish between fact and fiction. Emotion, memory, family myths, and wishful thinking all combine to obscure the reality of the Underground Railroad, both here and elsewhere in the US."--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • The twilight of slavery
  • Radical abolitionism and the arrival of the Underground Railroad
  • The legendary Underground Railroad in Washington County
  • The Underground Railroad network in Washington County
  • The end of the line
  • Appendix: Underground Railroad sites in Washington County.
Description
xiii, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-276) and index.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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