misstreebc (misstreebc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

#6 From Midnight to Dawn

From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad

Jacqueline L. Tobin

From Midnight to Dawn tells the history of the underground railroad, of the settlements of former slaves in the northern states of the U.S., and even more so those in Canada. It is fairly detailed about the settlements and towns, from their inception to the Reconstruction era.

Of course, I'd already known about the underground railroad, and the likes of Harriet Tubman who risked so much for others. I felt as if the book didn't have much new to offer in that respect. What I did find interesting and informative was the in-depth look at the establishment and growth (or decline) of settlements and towns by slave state refugees.

What I, personally, found most interesting of all, though, was how Tobin pointed out, in several instances, possible links between characters and incidents in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and real life people and events. I also liked the reminder of the powerful impact that book had on our history. I've always loved that book!


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