The Resource Beyond the river : the untold story of the heroes of the Underground Railroad, Ann Hagedorn

Beyond the river : the untold story of the heroes of the Underground Railroad, Ann Hagedorn

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Beyond the river : the untold story of the heroes of the Underground Railroad
Title
Beyond the river
Title remainder
the untold story of the heroes of the Underground Railroad
Statement of responsibility
Ann Hagedorn
Title variation
  • Heroes of the Underground Railroad
  • Untold story of the heroes of the Underground Railroad
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The decades preceding the Civil War were rife with fierce sectarian violence along the borders between slave and free states. The Ohio River was one such border. Here in the river towns of Ohio and Kentucky, abolitionists and slave chasers confronted each other during the 'war before the war'. Slave masters and bounty hunters chased runaway slaves from Kentucky into Ohio, hoping to catch their quarry before the slaves disappeared on the underground path to freedom. In the river town of Ripley, the slave hunters inevitably confronted John Rankin and his determined, courageous colleagues. One of the early abolitionist leaders, Rankin began his career when he wrote a series of letters denouncing his brother's recent purchase of a slave in Virginia. The letters were collected and published as Letters on American Slavery and influenced William Lloyd Garrison, among others. Rankin, a Presbyterian minister and a farmer, bought property on a high hilltop overlooking Ripley and the Ohio River. His house was visible for miles into Kentucky, and he hung a lantern at night to help guide runaways. He and his fellow abolitionists, both black and white, formed the front line of freedom, and some of them paid a high price for it. In 1838, abolitionist John B. Mahan, a colleague of Rankin's, was lured into a trap and transported to Kentucky for one of the most celebrated trials of the era. Charged with breaking Kentucky laws, even though he had not been in the state for nearly twenty years, he was imprisoned in a windowless cell for three months, shackled at his wrists and ankles. At his trial, slaveholders tried in vain to identify and break the Ripley line 'conductors'. Another celebrated conductor on the Ripley line, John Parker, a former slave himself, was regarded as the most daring of the Ohio abolitionists. He made dozens of trips across the river into Kentucky to bring out slaves trying to escape, risking his life and his own freedom every time."
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E 450
LC item number
.H165 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Beyond the river : the untold story of the heroes of the Underground Railroad, Ann Hagedorn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-317) and index
Contents
  • 3.
  • On the wings of his words
  • 4.
  • River of anguish
  • 5.
  • "My dear brother
  • 6. The
  • lantern in the window
  • 7.
  • 1831
  • Preface : a
  • 8.
  • Speak truth to power
  • 9.
  • Family
  • 10.
  • Agitation
  • 11.
  • Mobocracy
  • 12. The
  • seventy
  • double life
  • 13.
  • Two abductions and a murder
  • pt. 2.
  • 1838.
  • 14.
  • Waves break on either shore
  • 15.
  • "Mercy enough?"
  • 16. The
  • trap
  • pt. 1. The
  • 17. "The
  • matter is highly mysterious"
  • 18.
  • Exposing the chain
  • 19.
  • "These men are dangerous"
  • 20. The
  • unappeasable spirit
  • pt. 3.
  • Midnight assassins.
  • war before the war.
  • 21. A
  • new season
  • 22.
  • Double or nothing
  • 23.
  • By fire and sword
  • 24.
  • "Thus have I been attacked"
  • 25. "A
  • victim of the slave power"
  • 1. The
  • 26.
  • Parker's Ferry
  • 27.
  • With spur and rein
  • 28.
  • Neighbors
  • pt. 4.
  • Beyond the river.
  • 29.
  • Prison doors
  • kindling and the spark
  • 30. The
  • quickening flow
  • 31.
  • Broken vessel
  • 32.
  • Echoes
  • 2.
  • Visions and ideals
Control code
49805564
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 333 p.
Isbn
9780684870656
Lccn
2002070645
Other physical details
ill., maps

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