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Underground Railroad

Modern-Day Underground Railroad Saves Hundreds of Children

HooplaHa | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

Operation Underground Railroad is an organization that rescues stolen children from slavery. As modern-day abolitionists, Tim Ballard and Dutch, bot...

Stevie Wonder Set To Produce An Underground Railroad Miniseries

Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices

2015 is shaping up to be quite a productive year for Stevie Wonder. Aside from the legendary musician’s forthcoming all-star Grammy tribute concert ...

Foner's Underground Railroad on Time for African American History Month

Jonah Raskin | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Jonah Raskin

Over the past half century, Foner has carved out a significant place for himself in the field of history by writing history from the bottom up, by tracing over-arching themes, such as freedom, and by recognizing that all history is contemporary history.

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

Halloween Food Drive Shadowed by Ghostly Legend

William Lambers | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

In Delhi, Ohio this Wednesday (October 29) a Halloween celebration will take place at Mount St. Joseph University. A "spooky" tunnel and lots of candy are the feature attractions.

New York's Finger Lakes Region: Hotbed of Activism in the 1800s

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

When I go to Seneca Falls, New York (the birthplace of women's rights), I marvel that so much activism took place during the 1800s in what we now call upstate New York.

What Can You See Across a Border?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

How can we see people across borders when we build higher and higher walls? How can we see people across borders from thousands of feet in the air?

Defending Our Shores

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Each May, we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering the men and women who have fought to defend our shores throughout the history of our country. Women f...

From Christmas Seals to Kevlar

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.01.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Knowing how important it is to write women back into history, I am pleased to be able to share the stories of great Delaware -- and American -- women, all of whom have a place in the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.

Iran's Gay Underground Railroad: 'Either You Want To Leave, Or You Want To Die'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices

If a man kisses another man in Iran, the punishment is flogging. Sodomy is punishable by death. These laws make it nearly impossible to be a...

For the Freedom of Enslaved Infants in Puerto Rico, 1850s

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

On a quiet Sunday afternoon in 1856, two gentlemen stood inconspicuously by the Plaza Mayor de Mayagüez, where it is said the bones of ancient Tainos...

Keep Going: Harriet Tubman's Legacy

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Harriet was born into slavery and raised in a world with no hope. Still, she dreamed her dreams and did what she had to do. She broke the law of the land by following the North Star to freedom. Where did a woman who was whipped as a child get that kind of courage?

Feeding The Hungry On Halloween

William Lambers | Posted 12.27.2013 | Impact
William Lambers

There is more to Halloween than you might think. Yes, it's about monsters and ghouls, and the fear of the unseen. Do not let Halloween 'trick" you th...

The Frederick Douglass Free Public Library

Ken Blackwell | Posted 11.20.2013 | DC
Ken Blackwell

He was born in a dirt floor slave cabin in Maryland's Talbot County. He died at Cedar Hill, his stately Victorian mansion in the nation's capital. There are few stories of our history as inspiring as that of Frederick Douglass. And his passion for learning can be an example for today's young people of all races and creeds.

Parents OUTRAGED Over Slavery Reenactment Field Trip

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices

A Connecticut school is facing backlash from parents following a controversial school trip that took place last year. James and Sandra Baker, pare...

Don't Mess With Harriet Tubman

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

The questions raised by Russell Simmons' "Harriet Tubman sex tape" and also by the "Slap Hillary" video game (which, unlike the sex tape, is still up) are simple and succinct: Why is violence against women a joke to men? Why is disrespecting female historical figures OK?

NYC Underground Railroad Site In Court Battle

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 08.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A brick row house that is one of only two documented stops in New York City on the Underground Railroad has a new penthouse with oversized...

See the Adirondacks Like Your Grandaddy Did (With Better Food and Bedding)

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As you squeeze through walls of rock in an inflatable raft on a chute of whitewater, you might experience the nirvana that tourists did back in the '70s -- the 1870s, that is.

Preserving the Underground Railroad's Only Manhattan Station

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 06.15.2013 | New York
John Tepper Marlin

The only documented underground railway site on the island of Manhattan is the Gibbons Underground Railway Site at what used to be known as Lamartine Place, 339 West 29th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Patrice Peck

A Black Church Steeped in History Strives To Regain Glory Days | Patrice Peck | Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

Deaconess Mary Cooper sat in an empty, front row pew at the Rossville A.M.E. Zion church reflecting on the summer roasts held in the congregation’s ...

Anti-Gay Pundit Calls For 'Underground Railroad' Kidnapping To Save Gay Parents' Kids

Posted 08.08.2012 | Gay Voices

A prominent anti-gay pundit has sparked the ire of many in the blogosphere after calling for an "Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children fro...

Early Underground Railroad Ran South To Florida

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 03.18.2012 | Black Voices

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- While most Americans are familiar with the Underground Railroad that helped Southern slaves escape north before the Civil War, the...

David Sands

Bicycling Through History's Underground Railroad | David Sands | Posted 02.23.2012 | Detroit

Detroiters and bike adventurers have a new way to learn about the city's importance to the Underground Railroad. The Adventure Cycling Association,...

Trymaine Lee

Harriet Tubman's Spirit Lives On In Her Descendants | Trymaine Lee | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices

Valery Ross Manokey doesn’t make the trip as often as she used to, but every now and then she’ll head down to her family’s old homestead in the ...

Harriet Tubman Gets The Wax Treatment For DC Museum

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- Descendants of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman have unveiled a wax statue of the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom at The Pr...