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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is Ohio's Underground Railroad and the emancipation of slaves in the nineteenth century.


Six Superlative Sources

· U.S. National Park Service. National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

· Siebert, Wilbur H. Mysteries of Ohio's Underground Railroads. Long's College Book Company, 1951.

· Siebert, Wilbur H. The Underground Railroad in Ohio. Columbus, 1895.

· Still, William. The Underground Railroad: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships. Johnson Publishing, 1975.

· Blockson, Charles L. The Underground Railroad: First-Person Narratives of Escapes to Freedom in the North. Prentice Hall, 1987.

· The Ohio Historical Society. The African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920: Manuscript Collections. The Peyton Polly Collection, 1856-1859, is about a free black man's legal efforts to gain release of his children and grandchildren kidnapped from Ohio into slavery in Kentucky and Virginia. The John Rankin Collection, 1835-nd., is about the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ripley, Ohio, and founder of the first anti-slavery society in Ohio, in 1835; papers of and about Rankin include a 31-page statement by Rankin in defense of Lane Seminary students organizing an anti-slavery society in 1835. The Revered C. Ransom Collection, 1906-1957, is about a church leader, civil rights activist and editor who graduated from Wilberforce University in 1886 after spending a year at Oberlin College; Ransom was licensed to preach in the A.M.E. Church in 1883 and was ordained a deacon in 1886 and an elder in 1888; he was elected the 48th Bishop of the Church in 1924 and retained that post until his retirement in 1952; Ransom was editor of the A.M.E. Church Review from 1912 to 1924. The Ripley [Ohio] Anti Slavery Society Minute Book, 1835-1843, 1848, includes a constitution, membership list, and minutes of the meetings of the Ripley Anti Slavery Society. The Union Association of Colored Men of New Richmond, Ohio, Minute Book, 1857, includes a constitution, by-laws, minutes, and records. WPA Ex-Slave Narratives, 1937-1938, displays interviews of former slaves conducted by workers in the Federal Writer's Project in 1937-1938. Twenty-seven of these Ohio interviews did not get deposited in the U.S. Library of Congress and are only available at this site.

Other Excellent Sources

· Still, William. The Underground Railroad. Johnson Publishing, 1970. Originally published in 1871 by the author.

· Blockson, Charles L. "Escape from Slavery: The Underground Railroad," National Geographic, 166:1, July 1984.

· Coffin, Levi. Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad: Being a Brief History of the Labors of Lifetime in Behalf of the Slave, with the Stories of Numerous Fugitives, Who Gained Their Freedom through His Instrumentality, and Many Other Incidents. 2nd edition with appendix. Robert Clark, 1880.

· Gara, Larry. The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad. University of Kentucky Press, 1961.

· Preston, E.Delores. "The Genesis of the Underground Railroad," Journal of Negro History, 18:144-170, April 1933.

· Underground Railroad Research Center of Southeastern Ohio. African Americans in Southeastern Ohio.

· Sprague, Stuart Seely, ed. His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on The Underground Railroad. W.W. Norton, 1996.

· Henson, Josiah. Truth Stranger Than Fiction: Father Henson's Story of His Own Life. John P. Jewett, 1858.

· Fairchild, James H. The Underground Railroad: An Address Delivered for the Society in the Association Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, January 24, 1895. Western Reserve Historical Society, Vol. IV, Tract No. 87.

· Buckmaster, Henrietta, pseud. (Henrietta Henkle). Let My People Go: The Story of the Underground Railroad and the Growth of the Abolition Movement. Harper and Brothers, 1941.

· Stein, Conrad. The Story of the Underground Railroad. Children's Press, 1981.

· National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Find current news, recent historical research, video clips, links and other resources on this site maintained by this museum and education center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

· Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery. The companion site to the PBS documentary explores the odyssey of African slaves in America, from the arrival of Europeans in Africa to the American Civil War.

· Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Full text of the original edition, from Project Gutenberg.

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