Some of the figures are well known, like Harriet Tubman and John Brown. But there are equally heroic, less familiar figures here as well, like 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about From Midnight to Dawn , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about From Midnight to Dawn. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This history of the underground railroad concentrated on the movement of blacks from the United States to Canada, particularly into southwestern Ontario. One thing that I really liked about the book was that Tobin looked at the women who played roles in this movement, an aspect often forgotten.
Some players came to Canada temporarily, going back for either the Civil War itself, or its aftermath. Some however returned to Canada, finding the new black codes implemented in the south after This history of the underground railroad concentrated on the movement of blacks from the United States to Canada, particularly into southwestern Ontario. Some however returned to Canada, finding the new black codes implemented in the south after the war too imposing.
The tales of individual fugitives offer much detail and bring the history to life. Nov 12, Suzanne Skelly rated it really liked it. I found this book extremely interesting. The timeline begins at the War of and continues thru the Civil War and after.
It tells the story of tens of thousands of African Americans especially runaway slaves as they fled to Canada in search of freedom, equality and a better life. She does a masterful job of research and includes many individuals we've all h I found this book extremely interesting.
She does a masterful job of research and includes many individuals we've all heard of-Harriet Tubman and John Brown. But there are equally heroic, less familiar figures here as well, like 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 Harper's Ferry.
This book helps to clarify the people, places and actions of people who made the "underground railroad" such an impactful part of our nations history. Jun 12, Just A.
Very interesting. I knew the outlines of the history of the Underground Railway, and some of the people involved but next to nothing about the Canadian settlements at the northern end, nor their origins or politics, which were the focus of this book. I appreciated the biographical sketches of the major players involved, as well as the regional approach to the history. It very much helped keeping all of the overlapping stories and characters straight.
The extensive quotes of original s Very interesting. The extensive quotes of original source material was nice to hear, especially the newspaper debates about settlements and resources. I started out thinking, well, this is pretty boring, but maybe it will get better. It didn't. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a series of fact about important figures in the last leg of the underground railroad, but it read more like a middle school text book than I was hoping for. What I was hoping for was an interesting read about the incredibly important and interesting people important in the story of the underground railroad which Tobin most certainly didn't provide.
Apr 24, David R. On the plus side, Tobin brings to light information on figures and communities long lost in the historic record. On the minus side, the book concentrates on a few exile communities in Canada, with special accent on major figures who had connections there -- the Underground Railroad is actually a barely touched-on subject as a result.
And, worse, it's dry as dust. Included is the well-known Araminta Ross Harriet Tubman , whom I always pictured only as an old woman, but we are also given her personal history as a young woman, including her abandonment by her first husband. She was married to John Tubman and was separated from him when she was forced to flee for her own safety. They assume John didn't feel the need to flee with her because he was already a free man. Ain't love grand? By the time she came back to free the rest of her family, he had already remarried. She later married Nelson Davis.
Harriet collaborated with abolitionist, John Brown, in planning his fateful raid at Harper's Ferry, which doomed him and many others, but left him a martyr to the cause in many people's eyes. During the Civil War, Harriet served as a nurse, scout and spy for the Union army, crossing rebel lines on many occasions to uncover helpful information. He and his family made their way to freedom and prosperity in Canada, and later returned to help another slaves find their way to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Unfortunately, his association with the famed book turned out not to be favorable to his reputation, as the docility and loyalty seen in Tom's character was thereafter more often seen as a sign of stupidity or associated with "selling out", which was not the intention of the author, nor was it anything like the highly intelligent man who inspired the character in Stowe's novel. The author included a lot of written correspondence, sermons, and newspaper articles, etc. There was a particularly poignant discussion by a former slave of how it felt as a slave-husband to see his wife and child abused by their owner and mistress.
From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad Paperback – January 8, 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. From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad Hardcover – January 16, This extraordinary narrative offers a fresh perspective on the Underground Railroad as it traces the perilous journeys of fugitive ex–slaves from the United States to free black settlements in Canada.
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