Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad
Join us on May 10 at 5 pm EDT for a book talk with the book editor Timothy Walker and fellow contributors Mirelle Luecke and Megan Jeffreys.
While scholarship on the Underground Railroad has focused almost exclusively on overland escape routes from the antebellum South, this book expands our understanding of how freedom was achieved by sea and how the journey looked.
With innovative scholarship and thorough research, Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad highlights stories and describes the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African Americans’ paid and unpaid waterfront labor. The essays reconsider and contextualize how escapes were managed along the East Coast, moving from the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland to safe harbor in northern cities such as Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.