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




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
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by William C. Kashatus 1

Preface 5

1. The Underground Railroad 11

2. Early Accounts of Garrett's Life 17

3. Upper Darby Ancestry 24

4. Quakers and Quakerism 28

5. The Road to Damascus 31

6. The Move to Wilmington 37

7. Wilmington 40

8. Rachel (Mendinhall) Garrett 46

9. The Trial of 1848 52

10. Thomas Garrett, the Man 82

11. How Important Was Thomas Garrett? 93

12. Thomas Garrett and Harriet Tubman 98

13. How Many Runaways Did Garrett Assist? 115

14. The End of the Line 129

15. Letters to William Still & J. Miller McKim 134

16. Letters to William Lloyd Garrison 154

17. Letters to Eliza Wigham & Mary Edmundson 162

18. Miscellaneous Letters 184

Appendix A: Thomas Garrett Genealogy 197

Appendix B: Letters from John Hunn to The Blue Hen’s Chicken 201

Appendix C: Letter from Thomas Garrett to The Blue Hen's Chicken 207

Chapter Notes 211

Bibliography 217

Index 221

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