From a riverboat worker who dressed as a woman to the abolitionist who died for his beliefs, It Happened on the Underground Railroad offers a gripping look at heroic individuals who became a part of the famous “road” to freedom. Read about Peter Still, a former slave who came to the Philadelphia Antislavery Society in search of his family, only to discover that the man sitting in front of him was his brother. Meet the individuals who may have inspired characters in the novels Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved. Learn about the bakery where Frederick Douglass was first helped to freedom. And experience the heart-pounding fear of a man who mailed himself north.
Tricia Martineau Wagner is a presenter, independent research historian, and the author of It Happened on the Oregon Trail, Black Cowboys of the Old West, and African American Women of the Old West (all Globe Pequot Press). She lives in Denver, North Carolina.