History of the Underground Railroad

In Chester and the Neighboring Counties of Pennsylvania


Book Description

  • Reprint of a significant primary source on the Underground Railroad
  • Colorful information and anecdotes from the participants

    Originally published in 1883 and long out of print, this remarkable volume examines the Underground Railroad as it operated in southeastern Pennsylvania. Based on interviews with those directly involved in the escaped slave network, it tells the stories of freedom seekers, those who helped them, and the places they hid. A new introduction by Christopher Densmore places the book in its historical context and assesses the work in light of more recent scholarship.

About the Author

R. C. Smedley (1832-83) was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and practiced medicine there until his death. Christopher Densmore is curator of the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College, a member of the advisory board of the Kennett Underground Railroad Center, and author of Quaker Crosscurrents (0-8156-2664-9) and Red Jacket (0-8156-2785-8).

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