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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fergus M. Bordewich Narrator: Fergus M. Bordewich Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sparkle | 2/16/2014

    " this book made me so proud to be part of such a country!! There were so many great people willing to help those that needed it even when the National Policy did not allow it. I loved it. Plus it there were so many crazy adventures it told about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Willis | 2/16/2014

    " I found this to be fascinating and once I started I couldn't really put it down. It describes the evolution of the Underground Railroad from the early 1800's until its end with the Civil War. There are a lot of courageous people (both black and white) who were part of the effort to bring slaves from the South to the North and then onto Canada. It also talks about the effect that the Underground Railroad had on the Civil War, the eventual abolishment of slavery and even its impact on the women's suffragette movement and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. The Underground Railroad does have a lot of myth associated with it, but I felt that the book was pretty accurate and not biased in that it tried to present the different characters as they really were. You'll learn a lot about famous people connected in some way with the railroad, such as Harriett Tubman, Frederick Douglas, John Brown, Uncle Tom as well as lesser known individuals who were no less courageous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jaime Payne | 2/12/2014

    " I thought this book was fabulous. It was meticulously researched and the stories of both known and unknown participants were told in a very compelling way. Some of the reviews I saw saw here complained about the stories starting off and then being picked up later. I loved that about this book, because instead of profiling each of the participants separately,like a series of unrelated short stories within the book, they were weaved together in a chronological order. We got to see the whole picture. While this was happening over here, that was going on over there. We got to see it all. I borrowed it from the library, but I plan to buy a copy because it was the most complete book on the UGRR that I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Nenadov | 2/10/2014

    " A reasonably good book. That said--I feel the author sort of dropped the ball here. Fergus took an amazing historical topic, and didn't really do justice to it. I feel a central narrative is lacking, and rather than a "story" you get a collection of jaggedly connected stories. "

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About the Author
Author Fergus M. Bordewich

Journalist Fergus M. Bordewich has written on American history as well as human rights and other issues for the New York Times, Smithsonian, American Heritage, the Atlantic Monthly, Reader’s Digest, and other periodicals. He is the author of Killing the White Man’s Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century; My Mother’s Ghost; and Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America’s First Civil Rights Movement. He lives in Barrytown, New York.