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Tales From The Underground Railroad
Tales From The Underground Railroad
(Kate Connell, Alex Haley, Debbe Heller)

Tales From The Underground RailroadTales From The Underground Railroad (1992)
Tales From The Underground Railroad describes the efforts of the vast secret network of sympathetic people who helped African Americans escape slavery in the South on the Underground Railroad. It is a collection of true stories about those who escaped from slavery and were finally reunited with their families.
People united by a hatred of slavery work together to help runaway slaves escape to freedom. The heroes of these exciting stories risk their own freedom and their lives for a great cause.
The term "underground" in underground railroad means secret. It was not actually a road, but more like a trail. Thus, if you said the term literally, you would say "secret trail." The underground railroad was called a railroad because there were multiple stops along the way for slaves to get food, clothes and the supplies they needed.
Kate Connell is a published author of several children's books. Some of her published credits include: Tales From The Underground Railroad (Stories of America), The Dust Bowl Adventures of Patty and Earl Buckler (I Am American) and Yankee Blue or Rebel Gray: The Civil War Adventures of Sam Shaw.
Debbe Heller is a published author and an illustrator of several children's books. Some of her published credits include: Tales From The Underground Railroad (Stories of America), Building A Dream: Mary Bethune's School (Stories of America) and To Fly With The Swallows: A Story of Old California (Stories of America).
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction:
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
How do you tell someone about the evil of slavery?
You can talk about the buying and selling of human beings, the cruel separation of parents and children, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. You can describe the lifetimes of hard work for no reward. You can call to mind the violent punishments of whips, canes, chains, or worse. You can list the restrictions of the slave codes—which didn't allow slaves to travel, didn't allow them an education, didn't allow them to worship freely. That is one way to tell the story. Describe its horrors.
There is another way. Talk about freedom. Talk about how African American people, trapped in slavery's nightmare, dreamed of freedom. Tell how they did more than dream—how thousands risked everything, even death, to escape. Talk about those who succeeded. Talk about those who tried and failed but never gave up the dream. Celebrate, as Tales from the Underground Railroad does, freedom's story, and you will know that slavery is evil because it takes away freedom. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Tales From The Underground Railroad • Reviews
"Tales From The Underground Railroad is a collection of true stories about African Americans who escaped from slavery and were finally reunited with their families." - Cambium Learning.
"Kate Connell's book provides vignettes based on primary material from events from the Underground Railroad. She describes the efforts of the vast secret network of sympathetic people who helped blacks escape slavery in the South in the years before the Civil War. This is an easy read." - California Online Resources For Education.
"A compilation of true stories about the Underground Railroad. This book is based on the data from a freed slave who lived in Philadelphia and kept records of the people who came through his 'station.' " - Education Resource Center (ERC).

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