Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Region

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The story of the Underground Railroad is one of national significance and its success depended on the participation of hundreds of areas throughout the country that operated in unique and independent ways. Each area was distinctive in its geographic location and landscape as well as its societal framework. This work focuses on the contributions of the Adirondack region to the accomplishments of the Underground Railroad, including its collaboration with operatives from Albany to New York City.

Using what he discovered in more than 10 years of extensive research, Tom Calarco has been able to take, what in northern New York, for years has been considered "legend" and transform it into history. The author utilized abolitionist newspapers such as Friend of Man, Liberator, Pennsylvania Freeman, Emancipator, National Anti-Slavery Standard, and the little known Albany Patriot, that were published weekly from 1841-1848. Combining facts from these published accounts with details uncovered while searching local archives, conferring with community, and collecting unpublished legends, a clear picture emerged of Abolition as a hotly contested, combustible issue in this area commencing in the mid-1830s. With extensive maps, photographs and appendices, key contributors to the cause are identified, abolition meetings and conventions described, maps of the Underground Railroad stations by county provided and the story of blacks and whites working together for justice and righteousness told.

About the Author

Tom Calarco is a professional writer and researcher living in Schenectady, New York.

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Editorial Reviews

Lake Champlain Weekly
presented in an engaging manner...clearly organized chapters...Calarco's exhaustive research, coupled with inspired selections from period source material, help bring these fearless 'Conductors' to life
Adirondack Life
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786416271
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/5/2004
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Calarco is a professional writer whose antislavery research is widely recognized. He was awarded the 2008 Underground Railroad Free Press Prize for advancing the knowledge and study of the Underground Railroad. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Pt. I The Underground Railroad in Northern New York and Its Role in the Abolition of Slavery 3
1 The Legend 5
2 Roots 17
3 The Higher Law 23
4 Jehovah Has Decreed It! 30
5 The Sword Is Now Drawn 36
6 On Account of Color 44
7 The Byway to Freedom 51
8 Establishing Outposts 57
9 Another Strategy 62
10 The Forgotten Abolitionist 68
11 Heard It Through the Grapevine 76
12 Roll It Along 83
13 Death and Transfiguration 89
14 A Breach Has Been Made 94
15 Fat of the Land 101
16 Exodus 109
17 In Search of the Promised Land 119
18 Voices Crying in the Wilderness 126
19 To the Rescue 132
20 Family Matters 140
21 Go West, Young Abolitionist 148
22 Never Half What It Is Now 154
23 All Aboard! 160
24 Marching to Immortality 166
Pt. II The Underground Railroad Stops in Eastern New York from New York City to Canada 173
25 Stops in New York City 177
26 Stops in the Mid-Hudson Region 182
27 Stops in Albany County 188
28 Stops in Rensselaer County 194
29 Stops in Washington County 200
30 Stops in Clinton County 209
31 Stops in Saratoga County 215
32 Stops in Warren County 220
33 Stops in Essex and Franklin Counties 226
34 Stops in St. Lawrence County 230
App. I Delegates to the Organizational Meeting of the New York State Anti-Slavery Society, Utica, October 21, 1835 237
App. II Anti-Slavery Societies in Northeastern New York (Before 1840) 241
App. III Fugitives from Slavery Who Passed Through Albany; A List Compiled by Paul and Mary Liz Stewart 243
App. IV Leadership of the Orthodox Congregational Church, Union Village 247
App. V Statistics on the Black Population in the Town of Greenwich, 1840 to 1860 248
App. VI Homes with Probable Abolitionist Sympathizers Described in Everest's Pioneer Homes 251
App. VII Possible Participants in Eastern New York's Underground Railroad 253
Works Cited 270
Index 281
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