Quaker safe houses and freed slave communities were a fixture in North Carolina. The Coffin family in Greensboro helped develop safe zones and houses on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. In the east, networks of freedmen and sympathizers aided slaves, hiding in remote locations such as the Dismal Swamp. In coastal towns like New Bern and Wilmington, slaves were secreted aboard ships in search of freedom along maritime routes. Authors Tim Allen and Steve Miller use harrowing firsthand accounts to investigate how African Americans escaped oppression in a dark chapter of Tarheel State history.
About the Author
Steve M. Miller is an adjunct history instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Randolph Community College in Asheboro, North Carolina. He is a native North Carolinian and has resided in Asheboro and Randolph County his entire life.
J. Timothy Allen is a professor of humanities at Strayer University, where he teaches history, religion and humanities. Previously, he taught history and religion in the North Carolina Community College system. He and his wife live on a small horse farm in Snow Camp in Alamance County.
Table of Contents
1 The Underground Railroad: A Confusing Idea 27
2 The Underground Railroad: Background and Definitions 33
3 Runaways and the North Carolina Law 45
4 Who Were the Slaves? 51
5 Quakers and the Underground Railroad 67
6 William Still 89
7 Austin Bearse, William Beard and William Mitchell 101
8 The Heroine of Edenton, Harriet Jacobs 109
9 Runaways During the Civil War 119
Appendix. Where to Go 129
About the Authors 159