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The Underground Railroad
  • Authored by: Michael Burgan
  • From the Series: Slavery in the Americas
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816061378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6137-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 03/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 973.7
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 112


Many slaves escaped to seek freedom. Those runaway slaves were often aided in their passage to free territory by a growing network of people who saw slavery as morally reprehensible. This network, the Underground Railroad, was first organized in the 1830s and continued on through the Civil War, growing and evolving as slave owners hunted down runaways. The system eventually disappeared with the official end of slavery in the South after the Civil War.The Underground Railroad explores this intriguing time in American history more thoroughly.

Topics include:

  • How the Underground Railroad was named
  • The Northwest Ordinance of 1787
  • The Fugitive Slave Laws of 1793
  • The work of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Conditions and concerns along the Underground Railroad
  • The Dred Scott decision
  • The Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Underground Railroad.


Black-and-white photographs. Maps and graphs. Glossary. Further reading. Timeline. Sidebars. Fact boxes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Michael Burgan holds a B.A. in history with an emphasis in American studies from the University of Connecticut. He completed one year of graduate studies in the writing, publishing, and literature department at Emerson College. Burgan was a senior writer at Weekly Reader Corporation for six years and is currently a freelance writer. In his 22 years of writing, he has authored 15 books for children and young adults, as well as a large number of articles for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic World, and the Hatford Advocate.

Reviews and Awards

“…easy to read…”
Christian Library Journal

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