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Tales From The Underground Railroad
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).