Book of the Week (9/26/16)

Slavery and the Underground Railroad in New Hampshire by Michelle Arnosky Sherburne (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2016).

With the recent opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, I was curious to explore New Hampshire's African American history and discovered this recent publication by Michelle Arnosky Sherburne. The hidden history about slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the abolitionist movement in New Hampshire is revealed in this fascinating volume. The last portion covers information about commemorative sites such as The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and the Harriet Wilson Project's Black Heritage Trail that I have added to my "New Hampshire Must-See" list. And in timely news, a statewide New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail is in the planning stages!
New Hampshire was once a hotbed of abolitionist activity. But the state had its struggles with slavery, with Portsmouth serving as a slave-trade hub for New England. Abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, Nathaniel Peabody Rogers and Stephen Symonds Foster helped create a statewide antislavery movement. Abolitionists and freed slaves assisted in transporting escapees to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Author Michelle Arnosky Sherburne uncovers the truth about slavery, the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement in New Hampshire. --Publisher's blurb

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