The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier
Escapes from Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and the Territories of Kansas, Nebraska and the Indian Nations, 1840–1865
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About the Book
All along the mid–1800s Western frontier, the path of fugitive slaves in the Underground Railroad was filled with danger. An escapee who managed to avoid violence still was hard-pressed to survive in a place of frequent drought and illness, where newly settled sympathizers were often unable to give accurate descriptions of the topography, climate, or food sources.
This book details the history and development of the Underground Railroad in Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Topics include lesser known escape routes into Mexico and the American Indian nations, the sacking of Lawrence, Kansas, and guerilla warfare; escapees’ use of steamboats along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers; and the activities of John Brown, James Montgomery, Dan Anthony, and others.
About the Author(s)
James Patrick Morgans
Format: hardcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
1. Kansas 5
2. Missouri: Freedom Escapes 36
3. Missouri: Hemp and “Little Dixie” Empires 64
4. Iowa-Nebraska 90
5. Arkansas: Liberty Via Steamboats 119
6. Arkansas: Fleeing from Farms and Plantations 139
7. Western Frontier and the Indian Nations (Oklahoma) 162
8. Conclusions 186
Chapter Notes 199
Book Reviews & Awards
“meticulously researched and presented…a welcome addition”—Midwest Book Review; “a useful work based on wide research…commendable”—The Annals of Iowa.