Resources for further study in Abolition, Anti-Slavery Activity, and the Underground Railroad


Multi-Media Sources

Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery. Book by Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, and the WGBH Series Research Team, New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1998.

The American Experience: Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad. Time-Life Videos and WGBH, 1990.

Remembering Slavery: African-Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation. Book by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steven F. Miller, New York: The New Press/Library of Congress, 1998. Includes two audio cassettes of Smithsonian Productions' live recordings and dramatic readings of interviews with former slaves.

Steal Away: Songs of the Underground Railroad. CD by Kim and Reggie Harrison. Appleseed Recordings. Songs of the Underground Railroad. Audio cassette by Kim and Reggie Harrison. Ascension Records. Both distributed by Chatham Hill Games, Inc., Chatham, NY.


Web Sites

New York Public Library: database of images of African-Americans in the 19th century —

University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill Libraries' "Documenting the American South" project: includes a searchable collection of etexts of slave narratives —

The Library of Congress African-American Mosaic: links to Library of Congress Web sites and digitized collections —

University of Virginia American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology —

PBS Africans in America Web site: information from the television series, with a Resource Bank of annotated historical documents and images —

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom database, includes sites and resources —

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration's Prologue magazine online: an article titled Black Men in Navy Blue During the Civil

Black Sailors Research Project, Howard University, and the National Park Service Civil War soldiers and Sailors System: information about people of African descent who served in the United States Navy during the Civil War —


Books for Adults

Blockson, Charles L. The Underground Railroad: Dramatic First-Hand Accounts of Daring Escapes to Freedom. New York: Berkley Boooks, 1989; "Escape from Slavery: The Underground Railroad," National Geographic, July 1984.

Davis, Charles T. and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. The Slave's Narrative. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Franklin, John Hope, and Alfred A. Moss, Jr. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, eighth edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

Jacobs, Donald M., ed. Courage and Conscience: Black and White Abolitionists in Boston. Bloomington: Indiana University Press for the Boston Athenaeum, 1993.

Looking at Newton History: Abolition (Teaching Cards). Newton, MA: The Jackson Homestead, 1989, 1999.

Underground Railroad. National Park Service Handbook 156, 1998.


Books for Children and Young Adults

Bial, Raymond. The Underground Railroad. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. (elementary)

Fradin, Dennis Birndell. Bound for the North Star: Trues Stories of Fugitive Slaves. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000 (upper middle school/high school)

Frankel, Noralee. Break Those Chains at Last — African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom. New York: Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1996 (upper elementary/middle school)

Gorell, Gena K. North Star to Freedom: the Story of the Underground Railroad. New Your: Delacoret Press, 1997 (upper elementary/middle school)

Hamilton, Virginia. Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. New York: Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1996 (upper elementary/middle school)

Hansen, Ellen. The Underground Railroad: Life on the Road to Freedom. Carlisle, MA: Discovery Enterprises, Ltd., 1995 (middle school/lower high school)

Haskins, Jim. Get On Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad. New York: Scholastic, 1993 (upper elementary/middle school)

Kallen, Stuart A. Life on the Underground Railroad (The Way People Live). San Diego, CA: Lucent Books, 2000 (upper elementary/middle school)

Kent, Deborah. African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies. New York: Children's Press, 1996 (elementary)

Lester, Julius. To Be a Slave. New York: Scholastic, 1993 (middle school/high school)

Levine, Ellen. . . . If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad. New York: Scholastic, 1993 (upper elementary/middle school)

Rappaport, Doreen. Escape From Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom. New York: HarperCollins, 1991 (upper elementary/middle school)

Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky. New York: Crown Publishers, 1992 (lower elementary)

Rogers, James T. The Antislavery Movement. New York: Facts on File, 1994 (elementary)

Stein Conrad. The Underground Rialroad. New York: Children's Press, 1997 (elementary)