2016 Conference Video
The Underground Railroad in Colonial and Revolutionary NY: Redefining the Passage to Freedom
Graham Russell Gao Hodges, PhD, Colgate University
The history of the Underground Railroad is undergoing substantial revision in recent years. New studies by Eric Foner, David Smith, Keith Griffler, Matthew Clavin, Cheryl LaRoche, and Graham Hodges have redefined the geography of the Underground Railroad. This talk extends the temporal dimensions of the UGRR backwards into colonial and revolutionary New York. Doing so greatly enlarges the scope and impact of the UGRR by incorporating interracialism and armed conflict. The intended result will be to transform the UGRR into the major flow of North American History.
Graham Russell Gao Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History and Africana Studies at Colgate University. He is the author of many books including David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). He has directed five National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for Schoolteachers on Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad, and will direct his sixth in 2016.
Listen to WAMC’s Roundtable with Underground Railroad History Project:
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