The Underground Railroad encompassed a large part of 19th century United States, transporting slaves through slave states into Northern free states and Canada. It was successful in freeing an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 “passengers”, according to Nicholas Maurice Young in his Essay “Even Superheroes Need a Network: Harriet Tubman and the Rise of Insurgency in the New York State Underground Railroad” (Young 399). It was lead by abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery herself in 1849. (Info from Harriet Tubman Biography)
Harriet Tubman held the same view as Frederick Douglass on the necessity of caution and discretion. As a key contributor to the Underground Railroad, “Her ...
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...railroad’s success and that any detail could drail the movement completely.Without a full understanding, it may seem that The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is fragmented and vague. But after further research, the undetailed writing style tells an even deeper story of the time in which it was written. Douglass’ novel is now read as a classic piece of educational, historical literature, but it was originally written for a different audience. Contemporary readers were abolitionists, slaves and blacks who had achieved freedom, but just the same it was read by slave owners, supporters of slavery, and those in charge of tracking down fugitive slaves. Apart from the narrative, Douglass’s undescriptive writing style paints an even clearer picture for readers of the caution that freed slaves, abolitionists, and members of the Underground Railroad had to exercise.
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