Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America
Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America  -     By: Fergus Bordewich
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Title: Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America
By: Fergus Bordewich
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: HarperCollins
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.4 X 1.0 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
ISBN: 0060524316
ISBN-13: 9780060524319
Stock No: WW24316X

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An important book of epic scope on America’s first racially integrated, religiously-inspired political movement for change—The Underground Railroad, a movement peopled by daring heroes and heroines, and everyday folk

For most, the mention of the Underground Railroad evokes images of hidden tunnels, midnight rides, and hairsbreadth escapes. Yet the Underground Railroad’s epic story is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country’s westward expansion,which brought together Easterners who had engaged in slavery primarily in the abstract alongside slaveholding Southerners and their slaves, arose a clash of values that evolved into a fierce fight for nothing less than the country’s soul. Beginning six decades before the Civil War, freedom-seeking blacks and pious whites worked together to save tens of thousands of lives, often at the risk of great physical danger to themselves. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only subverted federal law but also went against prevailing mores.

Flawlessly researched and uncommonly engaging, Bound for Canaan, shows why it was the Underground Railroad and not the Civil Rights movement that gave birth to this country’s first racially-integrated, religiously-inspired movement for social change.

Author Bio

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of several books, including Bound for Canaan, Killing the White Man's Indian, and My Mother's Ghost, a memoir. The son of a national civil rights leader for Native Americans, he was introduced early in life to racial politics. As a journalist, he has written widely on political and cultural subjects in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Reader's Digest, and many other publications. He was born in New York City, and now lives in New York's Hudson River Valley with his wife and daughter.

Editorial Reviews

“Well written, moving, and stimulating...Could provide the occasion for a constructive national conversation.”
“Well written, moving, and stimulating...Could provide the occasion for a constructive national conversation.”
“This fast-paced narrative is the best account we have of the network known as the Underground Railroad.”
“A masterful story--a deeply American story.”
“An excellent book . . .as close to a definitive history as we’re likely to see.”
“A profoundly American tale.”
“An important addition to our history, brilliantly told.”
“Well written, moving, and stimulating...Could provide the occasion for a constructive national conversation.”
“Engrossing account of the Underground Railroad.”
“The . . stories. . . inspire, horrify and humble.”
“Bordewich brings to his account [of the Underghround Railroad] the moral seriousness it deserves.”
“Excellent...The first truly comprehensive treatment of the underground railroad.”
“A vivid reconstruction of abolitionism’s most daring act of rebellion...”
“Rich in detail and solid storytelling: sure to awaken interest in the peculiar anti-institution.”
“A rich, spellbinding, and readable narrative.”
“Rich in detail, [and] its ability to evoke the emotions, sights and sounds of these clandestine ventures.”
“Utterly compelling.”
“Dramatizes a shining moment in American history-- a book filled with unsung heroes and revolutionary acts of trust.”
“Bound for Canaan recaptures this grand history with the insightfulness, comprehensiveness, and narrative vigor the subject demands.”
“Bound For Canaan reveals in stunning detail and beautiful prose the inner workings of this clandestine system.”

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