Can you imagine the degree of pain, pressure and stress the enslaved were under before making the decision to escape? To have been driven to the point of boxing yourself up and mailing yourself to escape, for example, is a sure sign of desperation. To have been driven to the point of risking life and limbs to do so suggests the most wretched of circumstances leading up to it. Reading or writing was even a punishable offense by law.
I remember when I was a preteen and first heard about the underground railroad, I thought it was a literal tunnel that was underground, This list targets young people with classic titles and those that were published 2020-2021to clear up any confusion.
What have I to fear?
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