Station Master on the Underground Railroad: The Life and Letters of Thomas Garrett, rev. ed.

Station Master on the Underground Railroad: The Life and Letters of Thomas Garrett, rev. ed.

by James A. McGowan

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Station Master on the Underground Railroad: The Life and Letters of Thomas Garrett, rev. ed. by James A. McGowan

Thomas Garrett, a Quaker from Wilmington, Delaware, had a genial disposition unless provoked to defend his strong anti-slavery beliefs. He believed strongly in the Underground Railroad and in helping slaves escape and chafed under the Quaker belief in non-violence. When he died in 1871, Wilmington’s black community saluted him as “their Moses.”
Station Master on the Underground Railroad was an important work in antebellum reform when it was first published in 1977. Author James McGowan disputed earlier arguments that white abolitionists were unified in their opposition to slavery and that they were largely responsible for the success of the Underground Railroad while the escaped slaves were helpless and frightened passengers who took advantage of a well-organized network. The present volume has been revised (in 2005) to include new information on Garrett’s relationship with Harriet Tubman and the abolitionist newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison. Now published in paperback, the book also gives readers a new perspective on Thomas Garrett, recognizing his shortcomings as well as the uncompromising nature of his Quaker faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786442409
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 893,428
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

The late James A. McGowan appeared on Good Morning America, Evening Magazine, Philadelphia’s Prime Time and Visions. He won numerous awards throughout his career. He lived in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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