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From Midnight to Dawn

The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad
Narrated by: Richard Allen
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: History, American
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This extraordinary narrative offers a fresh perspective on the Underground Railroad as it traces the perilous journeys of fugitive ex-slaves from the United States to free black settlements in Canada.

The Underground Railroad was the passage to freedom for many slaves, but it was rife with dangers. There were dedicated conductors and safe houses, but also arduous nights in the mountains and days in threatening towns. For those who made it to Midnight (the code name given to Detroit), the Detroit River became a River Jordan and Canada became their land of Canaan - the Promised Land where they could live freely in black settlements under the protection of British law. One of those settlements was known as Dawn.

In prose rich in detail and imagery, From Midnight to Dawn presents compelling portraits of the men and women who established the Railroad, and of the people who traveled it to find new lives in Canada. Some of the figures are well known, like Harriet Tubman and John Brown. But there are equally heroic, less familiar figures here as well, like Mary Ann Shadd, who became the first black female newspaper editor in North America, and Osborne Perry Anderson, the only black survivor of the fighting at Harpers Ferry.

From Midnight to Dawn evokes the turmoil and controversies of the time, reveals the compelling stories behind events such as Harpers Ferry and the Christian Resistance, and introduces the reader to the real-life "Uncle Tom" who influenced Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

An extraordinary examination of a part of American history that transcends national borders, From Midnight to Dawn will captivate listeners with its tales of hope, courage, and a people's determination to live as equals under the law.

©2007 Jacqueline Tobin and Hettie Jones (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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"Accessible and fluidly written." ( Publishers Weekly)

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A thoughtful history

Added wonderful detail to the key people of character to the phrase The Underground Railroad. A prequel to the Warmth of other Sun's.

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  • Dale
  • 20-10-11

An opportunity to learn about a neglected history

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it. The information is a solid collection of information about a period of history we should all know more about.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I was curous about this phase of history, learning about the social context of historical events, so it was not about characters per se.

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  • William Vargus
  • 16-07-19

Not What I Thought

I thought I was buying a book about the Underground Railroad, in order to learn more about how slaves escaped, and those who helped them do it. But, despite the book’s subtitle, there is almost no information about the Underground Railroad. It focuses on what the escapees did once they were free, and especially on settlements they created in Canada.