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|Title: Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America|
By: Fergus Bordewich
Number of Pages: 576
|Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.4 X 1.0 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
Stock No: WW24316X
An important book of epic scope on Americas first racially integrated, religiously-inspired political movement for changeThe 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 Railroads epic story is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the countrys 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 countrys 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 countrys first racially-integrated, religiously-inspired movement for social change.
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.
Well written, moving, and stimulating...Could provide the occasion for a constructive national conversation. — New York Times on Killing the White Man's Indian
Well written, moving, and stimulating...Could provide the occasion for a constructive national conversation. — St. Petersburg Times on Killing the White Man's Indian
A vivid reconstruction of abolitionisms most daring act of rebellion... — Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Rich in detail and solid storytelling: sure to awaken interest in the peculiar anti-institution. — Kirkus Reviews (starred)
A rich, spellbinding, and readable narrative. — School Library Journal (starred review)
Rich in detail, [and] its ability to evoke the emotions, sights and sounds of these clandestine ventures. — Black Issues Book Review
Utterly compelling. — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Dramatizes a shining moment in American history-- a book filled with unsung heroes and revolutionary acts of trust. — O magazine
Bound for Canaan recaptures this grand history with the insightfulness, comprehensiveness, and narrative vigor the subject demands. — David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the two-volume life of W. E. B. Du Bois
Bound For Canaan reveals in stunning detail and beautiful prose the inner workings of this clandestine system. — --Kate Clifford, Ph.D. author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero
This fast-paced narrative is the best account we have of the network known as the Underground Railroad. — --James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
A masterful story--a deeply American story. — --Cornel West, University Professor of Religion, Princeton University, and author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters
An excellent book . . .as close to a definitive history as were likely to see. — Wall Street Journal
A profoundly American tale. — USA Today
An important addition to our history, brilliantly told. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Well written, moving, and stimulating...Could provide the occasion for a constructive national conversation. — New York Times
Engrossing account of the Underground Railroad. — The New Yorker
The . . stories. . . inspire, horrify and humble. — Washington Post
Bordewich brings to his account [of the Underghround Railroad] the moral seriousness it deserves. — New York Review of Books
Excellent...The first truly comprehensive treatment of the underground railroad. — Civil War History Magazine
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