How Did Women Participate in the Underground Railroad?

Abstract

     Women were highly visible in the abolitionist movement for three decades before the outbreak of the Civil War, and their activism has been well documented by historians. Less well-known was their participation in the underground railroad, that clandestine network of individuals that assisted runaway slaves gain their freedom in the North and Canada. This project documents the escapes of female runaways recorded by the noted Philadelphia stationmaster William Still and the efforts of Harriet Tubman, the most famous underground railroad abductor. The project shows that women were extremely active in this most important form of resistance to slavery in the late antebellum years.

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