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From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Jacqueline L. Tobin , Hettie Jones , Richard Allen

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16 Jan 2007
From Midnight to Dawn presents compelling portraits of the men and women who established the Underground Railroad and traveled it to find new lives in Canada. Evoking the turmoil and controversies of the time, Tobin illuminates the historic events that forever connected American and Canadian history by giving us the true stories behind well-known figures such as Harriet Tubman and John Brown. She also profiles lesser-known but equally heroic figures such as Mary Ann Shadd, who became the first black female newspaper editor in North America, and Osborne Perry Anderson, the only black survivor of the fighting at Harpers Ferry. An extraordinary examination of a part of American history, From Midnight to Dawn will captivate readers with its tales of hope, courage, and a people’s determination to live equally under the law.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Library ed edition (16 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400133548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400133543
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 17.3 x 2.6 cm

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, well-written account of important history 18 Mar 2008
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Few people pursue the research level of Jacqueline L. Tobin in traveling, reading old papers, sifting through letters, discovering ancient pamphlets, and interviewing descendents. The information in From Midnight to Dawn is inestimable, and Tobin's description of the black journey from Midnight, Detroit's nickname, to the black Ontario settlement of Dawn is gripping.

Few Americans realize that the Underground Railroad's terminus was in Canada. Many believe it ran from the Deep South to Ohio and dispersed into thin air, leaving Uncle Tom's Cabin behind in Kentucky.

Tobin traces the lives of ex-slaves up though Cincinnati and the intolerable Black Laws, though the Fugitive Slave Act, up the Toledo-Cincinnati Canal, across Lake Erie, and into nearly the whole of Ontario Province. There, Uncle Tom's Cabin is made material in the home of freedman Josiah Henson, beaten so badly as a young slave that he could never raise his hands head high again. He and his family were welcomed to Canada and received by Queen Victoria at the 1851 London World's Fair. He was forced to display his abolitionist materials at the American table, but erected a sign stating he had fled to Canada in order to survive. The sign drew Victoria's attention and everyone else's eye and support. Henson lived to be a respected political activist and public speaker until his death at age 94.

Tobin's blacks are not caricatures, but people like our present neighbors and leaders that thought and spoke intelligently, even if they had not yet learned to read. Henson himself wrote an autobiography that Harriet Beecher Stowe consulted when writing Uncle Tom's Cabin. Abolitionist John Brown is discussed in detail, but so is Harper's Ferry and its sole survivor, a brave black man. Female black news editor Mary Shadd also is portrayed in depth.

Such material is not presented in classrooms. However, Tobin presents dozens of such chronicles expertly, with photos and maps created by the author.

All Americans, ages 12 - adult should read Midnight to Dawn and discover the real abusiveness of slavery and discrimination.

Armchair Interviews agrees.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enriching pre-Civil War American history 14 Feb 2010
By JKJ - Published on
I picked up this book in a hurry one day, not knowing much about it, but that turned out to be serendipitous--once I started reading, I learned something new on every page. The book is not so much about individual tales of escape from slavery via the underground railroad, although some are included, but about the settlements in Canada where the self-emancipated slaves created new lives. Even more so, it's about the dedicated people who helped create those settlements.

Although white leaders were involved, the driving forces were former slaves and other black leaders, both men and women, educated and uneducated. They created schools, taught the escapees necessary skills, published newspapers, helped the escapees procure land, and courageously faced down slave-catchers. They didn't always agree on how to get things done but worked tirelessly for their cause.

Because the book is so extensively researched, it occasionally becomes bogged down in details about who purchased what land when, etc. Overall, though, it presents wonderful portraits of very real human beings, and brings rich detail to this era in American history.

Right after finishing this book, I picked up The Abolitionist Decade, which I also recommend. The Abolitionist Decade, 1829-1838: A Year-by-Year History of Early Events in the Antislavery Movement
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Midnight to Dawn 1 Sep 2008
By Bizzy Reading - Published on
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An excellent book about the little-publicized black settlements in southeastern Ontario, before the Civil War, along with bios. A must for anyone interested in the Underground Railroad.
5.0 out of 5 stars The undergrund railway a path to freedom 2 Nov 2013
By Jean - Published on
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I thought I knew about the underground railway, Sojourner Truth helping escaped slaves across the river to freedom. My view was so unrealistic after reading the book I know now the dangers of the slaves making their run to freedom. Even though Sojourner Truth did play an important part in the railway it was much larger and broader than I thought. This book helps me to understand the bravery and the stamina of the people who took the chance to make a run for freedom. Also those who helped them along the way, and the fairness of the Canadian Government which was all the slaves wanted and needed. Even though I'm reading the book electronically I still can see the pictures of the people and leaders in this drama. I think this should be a book of required reading because it shows the number of heros both Black and white that helped to fight for the black mans freedom.
5.0 out of 5 stars From Midnight to Dawan 30 Mar 2013
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Great book. Was just what I needed for a class I was takeing. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
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