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Aptheker, Herbert. Abolitionism, A Revolutionary Movement. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1989.

Bennett, Lerone. Before the Mayflower: A Brief History of Black America. Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, 1982.

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.

Blockson, Charles. Hippocrene Guide to the Underground Railroad. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1994.

Blockson, Charles. Underground Railroad, First Person Narratives of Escapes to Freedom in the North. New York: Prentice Hall, 1987.

Blockson, Charles. The Underground Railroad: Dramatic First Hand Accounts of Daring Escapes to Freedom. New York: Prentice Hall 1987.

Bracey, John H. Blacks in the Abolitionist Movement. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1971.

Bradford, Sarah. Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People, 1869. Reprint Glouster, MA: Peter Smith, 1981.

Douglass, Frederick. Escape From Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words. New York: Knopf, 1994.

Douglass, Frederick. The Mind and Heart of Frederick Douglass. New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell, 1968.

Drew, Benjamin. A North-Side View of Slavery. 1856. Reprint, New York: Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1968.

Ericson, David F. The Debate Over Slavery: Antislavery and Proslavery Liberalism In Antebellum America. New York: New York University Press, 2000.

Finkelman, Paul, Ed. Slavery and the Law. Madison, WI: Madison House Publishers, 1997.

Gara, Larry. Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996.

Gutman, Herbert G. The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom 1750-1925. New York: Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, 1976.

Harold, Stanley. The Abolitionists and the South, 1831-1861. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1995.

Hornsby, Alton, Jr. Chronology of African-American History. Significant Events and People from 1619 to the Present. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1991.

Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987.

National Park Service. Underground Railroad Resources in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Interior, 1998.

National Park Service. Exploring a Common Past: Researching and Interpreting the Underground Railroad. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Interior, 1998.

National Park Service. Underground Railroad Special Resource Study. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Interior, 1995.

National Park Service. Underground Railroad, Official Map and Guide. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Interior, 1996.

Parker, John. His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad. New York: W. Norton & Co, 1996.

Still, William. The Underground Railroad: a Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, etc. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872.

Tobin, Jacqueline & Dobard, Raymond G., Hidden In Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the UGRR. New York: Doubleday, 1999.

Indiana Resources

Baker, Ronald. Homeless, Friendless and Penniless: The WPA interviews with Former Slaves Living in Indiana. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000.

Brown, Maxine. The Role of Free Blacks in the Underground Railroad Activities of Central Indiana. Indianapolis: DNR-DHPA, 2001.

Cockrum, Col. William. History of the Underground Railroad, As it Was Conducted by the Anti-Slavery League. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1915.

Coffin, Levi. Reminiscences of Levi Coffin. 1876. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1968.

Coomer, Mark. Concerning Underground Railroad Activity in Southwestern Indiana. Indianapolis. Indianapolis: DNR-DHPA, 2001.

Coon, Diane P. Southeastern Indiana's Underground Railroad Routes and Operations. Indianapolis: DNR-DHPA, 2001.

Cord, Xenia. Black Rural Settlements in Indiana Before 1860. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1993.

Crenshaw, Gwendolyn. Bury me in a Free Land: The Abolitionist Movement in Indiana: 1816-1865. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1993.

Finkelman, Paul. Ed. Slavery and the Law. Madison, WI: Madison House Publishers, 1997.

Freetown Village, Eds. Interpretive Stories Associated with the Underground Railroad in the Indianapolis Area. Indianapolis: DNR-DHPA, 2001.

Furlong, Patrick J. The South Bed Fugitive Slave Case. We the People: Indiana and the United States Constitution. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1987.

Goodall, Hurley C. Voices from the past: a collection of references to the African American community in the state of Indiana Product of the Works Progress Administration Writers Project in the 1930's. Muncie, Indiana: H. Goodall, 2000.

Goodall, Hurley. Works Progress Administration Writers Project: Underground Railroad: The Invisible Road to Freedom Through Indiana. Indianapolis: DNR-DHPA, 2001.

Hamm, Thomas. The Anti-Slavery Movement in Henry County, Indiana: A Study of the Local Abolitionists. New Castle: Henry County Historical Society, 1975.

Lu, Marlene. Walkin' The Wabash: An Exploration into the Underground Railroad in West Central Indiana. Indianapolis: DNR-DHPA, 2001.

Olshausen, George. American Slavery and After. San Francisco: Olema Press, 1983.

Peters, Pamela R. The Underground Railroad in Floyd County, Indiana. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2001.

Quinn, Angela M. The Underground Railroad and the Antislavery Movement in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana. Indianapolis: DNR-DHPA, 2001.

Robbins, Coy. Indiana Negro Registers, 1852-1865. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1994.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. Indiana in the Civil War Era 1850-1880. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1965 reprinted 1995.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. The Negro in Indiana Before 1900. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1957.

Websites

Original slave narratives in their entirety

docsouth.unc.edu

Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. DAS documents the individual and collective story of the African American struggle for freedom and human rights in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Excerpts from Slave Narratives

http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/primary.htm

Contains excerpts from early travel narratives of Europeans to Africa and from slave narratives. Easy to use menu to choose which narrative to view.

Remembering Slavery: Those Who Survived Tell Their Stories

http://www.uncg.edu/~jpbrewer/remember

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, federal and private agencies sent interviewers across the South in an effort to document music and culture. Many of the interviews were documented on paper, but some interviewers were able to record the ex-slaves' voices. You hear the original recordings, plus dramatic readings of the written transcripts.

Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery - Interactive for PBS Online

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia

America's journey through slavery is presented in four parts, each with a historical narrative, resource book and teacher's guide.

Levi Coffin House

http://www.waynet.org/nonprofit/coffin.htm

Site for the home of Indiana's most well-known conductor. Give history of the house, Coffin's work, and also an extensive links page.

National Geographic Online Presents: The Underground Railroad.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground

With a variety of styles and depths of coverage, the site is unique in its ability to make the experience of the Underground Railroad accessible to elementary, middle school, and beginning high school students. From an entry point for younger students, they choose their own adventure in "The Journey." "Routes to Freedom," with a map that can be enlarged and "Timeline" provide factual information for older students to investigate. The brief biographies in "Faces of Freedom" offer an access point for further research into the key players of the time. Young investigators can explore some of the best and most creative hiding spots used by travelers at "For Kids." "Classroom Ideas" offers a teacher suggestions for projects and activities.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

http://www.undergroundrailroad.org/

The service's page focuses attention on our cultural heritage and history through historic landmarks. You will find an introduction, a map of routes, a list of railroad sites by state, and a links page that includes an extensive bibliography. The best part of this site is the list of states involved in the movement and the links to each site in those states. These pages include a brief history of the home, farm, or church involved, a photo, and information about whether the location is open to the public. Focuses on more than just Underground Railroad heritage.

The Life of Harriet Tubman

http://www.nyhistory.com/harriettubman/life.htm

Details the life and experiences of Harriet Tubman, from her time as a slave, to her escape, and finally to her work as a pilot on the Underground Railroad.

Frederick Douglass

http://www.iupui.edu/~douglass/

Information about Douglass, his life, and his home. Details his abolitionist work.

Ohio Friends of Freedom

http://www.ohioundergroundrailroad.org/

A grassroots, all volunteer non-profit organization, the Ohio Friends of Freedom research, identify, document and preserve Underground Railroad sites throughout Ohio. Contains an extensive list of books, videos, and links that they recommend for a better understanding of the Underground Railroad.

Youth

Beatty, Patricia. Who Comes with Cannons? New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1992.

Bentley, Judith. Dear Friend: Thomas Garrett and William Still, Collaborators on the Underground Railroad. New York: Cobblehill Books, 1997.

Bial, Raymond. The Strength of these Arms: Life in the Slave Quarters. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997.

Bial, Raymond. The Underground Railroad. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

Brill, Marlene Targ. Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1993.

Diouf, Sylviane A. Growing up in Slavery. The Millbrook Press. Brookfield, Conn, 2001.

Ducey, Jean. Out of this Nettle. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker book House, 1983.

Fradin, Dennis Brindell. My Family Shall be Free! The Life of Peter Still. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2001.

Haskins, James. Get on Board. New York: Scholastic, 1993.

Jacob, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Jacob. Ed. Yellin, Jean Fagan. 1987.

Kahman, Bobbie. A Slave Family. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 2002.

Lasky, Kathryn. True North: A Novel of the UGRR. New York: Blue Sky Press, 1996.

Latham, Frank. The Dred Scott Decision, March 6, 1857: Slavery and the Supreme Courts' Self Inflicted Wound. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc, 1968.

Levine, Ellen. If You Traveled On The UGRR. Scholastic, 1988.

Ludwig, Charles. Levi Coffin and the Underground Railroad. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1975.

McGovern, Ann. Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet Tubman. Scholastic Book Services, New York, 1965.

Meyer, Linda D. Harriet Tubman: They Called Me Moses. Parenting Press, 1988.

Miller, William. Frederick Douglass: The Last Days of Slavery. Lee & Low Books, 1995.

Monjo, F.N. The Drinking Gourd. Harper Collins, 1993.

Moore, Kay. If You Lived At The Time Of The Civil War. Scholastic, 1994.

Rappaport, Doreen. Freedom River. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2000.

Riggio, Anita. Secret Signs Along the Underground Railroad. Boyds Mills Press, 1997.

Sanders, Scott R. A Place Called Freedom. New York: Athenaeum Books for Young Readers, 1997.

Schroeder, Alan and Jerry Pinkney. Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996.

Stein, R. Conrad. The Story of the Underground Railroad. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1981.

White, Anne Terry. North to Liberty: the Story of the Underground Railroad. Champaign, ILL: Garrard Publishing Co., 1972.

World Book Encyclopedia. "The Underground Railroad." World Book Encyclopedia, 1997.

Wyeth, Sharon Dennis. Freedom's Wings: Corey's Diary. Scholastic, Inc, New York 2001.

For Teachers

Altman, Linda Jacobs. Slavery and Abolition in America History. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, 1999.

Bentley, Judith. Harriet Tubman. New York: Franklin Watts, 1990.

Blockson, Charlers. "The Underground Railroad." National Geographic. July 1984.

Budda Records. The Long Road to Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music. Buddha Records, 2001.

Cox, Clinton. Fiery Vision: The Life and Death of John Brown. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Fradin, Dennis B. Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves. New York: Clarion Books, 2000.

Gorrell, Gena. North Star to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad. New York: Delacorte Press, 1997.

Kim and Reggie Harris Group. Music and the Underground Railroad. Philadelphia: Ascension Records, 1984.

Kallen, Stuart. Life on the Underground Railroad. San Diego: Lucent Books, 2000.

McKissack, Patricia and Frederick McKissack. Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts. New York: Scholastic, 1996. ADULT FICTION

Haley, Alex. Roots. New York: Doubleday, 1976.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin. 1852.

Video

ABC News. Journey to Africa: Revisiting the Slave Pens of Ghana. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2002.

Bagwell, Orlando. Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad. Raja Productions Film for the American experience, 1990.

Bellows, Susan. Africans in America: America's Journey Through. 1998. Boston.

Haley, Alex. Roots. Warner Brothers Video. 2001.

Michaels, Susan. The Underground Railroad. Triage, Inc. for the History Channel. New York: A&E Network/The History Channel, 1999.

Paddor, Scott. Frederick Douglass. Greystone Communications, Inc. New York, NY: A&E Home Video 1999.