PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A revised edition of a Philadelphia writer’s book about the Underground Railroad comes out Monday.
“Free! Great Escapes on the Underground Railroad” is Lorene Cary’s collection of 12 remarkable tales about slaves taking extraordinary steps to escape to freedom.
In a way, it’s a children’s book, but with shadings where adults will see a little deeper into the lives and motivations of those profiled.”
“We do not have a narrative that shows people who spent 20 years doing all kinds of alternative jobs around their slavery to make enough money to buy themselves. We don’t have narratives about people who plotted for 10 or 15 years until they found the exact right way to get up,” adds Cary.
Like strapped to the seaward side of a ship, or the top of a train, or even stuffed in a shipping crate. Cary says these stories (a dozen out of hundreds) were chosen for their clarity and often the creativity of the escape.
Reported By John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio