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Grapevine Dispatch: The Voice of Antislavery Messages

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Safe houses, trustworthy individuals, pathways, abandoned shelters, and unattended skiffs--these were crucial pieces of information that were spread, through word or song, from plantation to plantation, by way of the "grapevine." Throughout the Borderlands, this communication would help the slave to find freedom, by way of the Underground Railroad. The conductors and abolitionists on both sides of the Ohio River--consisting of slaves, free men of color, white and black residents, religious men, and other sympathetic citizens--were likely to suffer bodily inflictions, imprisionment, and monetary loss for aiding these fugitives in their flight from slavery and quest for freedom. Caroline Miller skillfully relates their stories through interviews, newspaper accounts, court cases, government records, and other published and unpublished accounts, so that these times, and these people are not forgotten.
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Comments: For people today, slavery is a problem with an obvious solution. In the 19th century, slavery was a hotbutton issue that divided the nation. Proponents of slavery adamantly defended the practice while opponents of slavery vehemently denounced it and sought to abolish it. Those who opposed slavery had a common goal, but did not agree on the best strategy to eliminate slavery. Even within individual abolitionist groups, consensus was difficult to obtain. Caroline R. Miller documents the complexity... More details