An important book of epic scope on America's first racially
integrated, religiously inspired movement for change
The civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division.
But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a
courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, slave and
free, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as
the Underground Railroad, a movement that occupies as romantic a
place in the nation's imagination as the Lewis and Clark
expedition. The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more
morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths
suggest. Against a backdrop of the country's westward expansion
arose a fierce clash of values that was nothing less than a war for
the country's soul. Not since the American Revolution had the
country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil
disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also
subverted federal law.
"Bound for Canaan" tells the stories of men and women like David
Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold
Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives
to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet
Tubman. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics
of slavery and abolition, "Bound for Canaan" shows how the
Underground Railroad gave birth to this country's first racially
integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.
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