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  •  I was raised in a house that was once (2+ / 0-)
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    part of the Underground Railroad, in a little Quaker town in Indiana.

    This obnoxious law was soon followed b)- the infamous Dred Scott
    decision, which declared that the negro belonged to an inferior race and
    had no rights which our Constitution was bound to respect. These
    two actions on the part of the slave power which was then dominant in
    our Government fanned to a white heat the flame of hatred against
    the curse of slavery which already prevailed in the free states.
    As love laughs at locksmiths, so liberty depises and defies oppression.
    The immediate effect of the laws to which I have referred was to
    foster the organization of .societies in the free states to render aid and
    comfort to escaping slaves.
    The most potent and effective agent in assisting slaves to obtain
    their freedom by reaching Canada was the Underground Railroad,
    which consisted of organized societies extending across Indiana and
    Michigan, with stations at convenient intervals where escaping slaves
    could be secreted by day and transported by night from one station to
    another on their way to Canada and Liberty.
    This railroad had no track but the rude trail through the wilderness,
    and no train or trolley car, but the means of transportation was a
    farm wagon, on horseback, or on foot, as the case might be. The fleeing
    slave, with the north star as his beacon to liberty, and three or four
    of these hardy Hoosier pioneers as guides and protectors, made his
    slow and painful way to freedom.
    One of these Underground Railroad stations was in Fairmount, and
    the Winslows, Wilsons, Baldwins, Rushes, Davises, Henleys, Stanfields,
    Richardsons, and many others were active agents on this railroad.
    From:  The Making of a Township, 1917; Edgar M. Baldwin, Editor.

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    by NearlyNormal on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 09:34:55 AM PDT

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    •  From the same book (1+ / 0-)
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      This was the last "consignment" that ever passed over the Underground
      Railroad through Fairmount Township. Some one calculated
      that as many as fifteen hundred runaways passed over the road while
      it existed. Daniel Hill was a frail, delicate-looking man, but it is due
      him to say he was heroism personified. He, like many others, hoping
      that the war then raging would end slavery, enlisted in Company C,
      Eighty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and laid down his life at
      Alexandria, Louisiana, on that fruitless raid up Red River

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      by NearlyNormal on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 09:42:04 AM PDT

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    •  Let us not forget -- (0+ / 0-)

      When the Underground Railroad operated Canada was a colony of England, a dictatorship, go figure. (see Slavery was outlawed in that  totalitarian state, being American it would take a bit of study to determine when Canada obtained autonomy from England.

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