I Came As A Stranger: The Underground Railroad

by Bryan Prince

Tundra | February 24, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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Honor Book for the Society of School Librarians International's Best Book Award - Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Winner of 2005 Children's Nautilus Book Awards (Non-fiction)


Prior to abolition in 1865, as many as 40,000 men, women, and children made the perilous trip north to freedom in Canada with the help of the Underground Railroad. It was neither underground nor was it a railroad, and was most remarkable for its lack of formal organization, so cloaked in secrecy that few facts were recorded while it "ran."

The story of the Underground Railroad is one of suffering and of bravery, and is not only one of escape from slavery but of beginnings: of people who carved out a new life for themselves in perilous, difficult circumstances. In I Came as a Stranger, Bryan Prince, a descendent of slaves, describes the people who made their way to Canada and the life that awaited them.

From Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden, Ontario to Harriet Tubman's Canadian base of operations in St. Catharines, the communities founded by former slaves soon produced businessmen, educators, and writers. Yet danger was present in the form of bounty hunters and prejudice.

Complemented by archival photos, I Came as a Stranger is an important addition to North American history.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 168 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: February 24, 2004

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887766676

ISBN - 13: 9780887766671

Appropriate for ages: 10

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I Came As A Stranger: The Underground Railroad

I Came As A Stranger: The Underground Railroad

by Bryan Prince

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 168 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: February 24, 2004

Publisher: Tundra

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887766676

ISBN - 13: 9780887766671

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Introduction There is a growing fascination across North America with the story of the “Underground Railroad” – the informal network of daring people and safe refuges, in both the United States and Canada, that helped thousands of fugitives escape the evils of slavery. In the United States, academic institutions, historians, genealogists, and media outlets have for years been sharing the American side of the story with an increasingly enthusiastic audience. Less well known, but an essential part of the story, is the role that Ontario – once known as Upper Canada, then as Canada West – played in this drama. Scattered across the province are individuals, museums, churches, and historical societies striving to conserve and present this enthralling tale. Numerous National Historic designations assigned within the past decade testify to the value Canada places on the struggles and triumphs of the people who followed the North Star to freedom. Thousands visit these historic sites annually, vastly more thousands make contact by phone or by mail, or visit the websites, and many groups invite Underground Railroad historians to address their members. Perhaps most important, the story of the Underground Railroad is now taught in many classrooms across the continent, ensuring that future generations will not forget the importance of those tumultuous years. Some of the photographs that appear on the following pages can be found in the museums and heritage sit
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Human Cargo, Human Wares
Oppression and Injustice
Cruelty and Kindness
Turbulent Times
Emancipation throughout the
Setting Out for the Unknown
The Kindness of Strangers
Some Names Not Forgotten
Desperate Measures
Hard Times in a Hard Land
Learning to Live in Liberty
Tracing Their Steps Today
Timeline
Acknowledgments
Suggested Reading
Source Notes
Picture Sources
Index

From the Publisher

Honor Book for the Society of School Librarians International's Best Book Award - Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Winner of 2005 Children's Nautilus Book Awards (Non-fiction)


Prior to abolition in 1865, as many as 40,000 men, women, and children made the perilous trip north to freedom in Canada with the help of the Underground Railroad. It was neither underground nor was it a railroad, and was most remarkable for its lack of formal organization, so cloaked in secrecy that few facts were recorded while it "ran."

The story of the Underground Railroad is one of suffering and of bravery, and is not only one of escape from slavery but of beginnings: of people who carved out a new life for themselves in perilous, difficult circumstances. In I Came as a Stranger, Bryan Prince, a descendent of slaves, describes the people who made their way to Canada and the life that awaited them.

From Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden, Ontario to Harriet Tubman's Canadian base of operations in St. Catharines, the communities founded by former slaves soon produced businessmen, educators, and writers. Yet danger was present in the form of bounty hunters and prejudice.

Complemented by archival photos, I Came as a Stranger is an important addition to North American history.

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Honor Book for the Society of School Librarians International''s Best Book Award - Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Prior to abolition in 1865, as many as 40,000 men, women, and children made the perilous trip north to freedom in Canada with the help of the Underground Railroad. It was neither underground nor was it a railroad, and was most remarkable for its lack of formal organization, so cloaked in secrecy that few facts were recorded while it "ran."
The story of the Underground Railroad is one of suffering and of bravery, and is not only one of escape from slavery but of beginnings: of people who carved out a new life for themselves in perilous, difficult circumstances. In "I Came as a Stranger, Bryan Prince, a descendent of slaves, describes the people who made their way to Canada and the life that awaited them.
From Uncle Tom''s Cabin in Dresden, Ontario to Harriet Tubman''s Canadian base of operations in St. Catharines, the communities founded by former slaves soon produced businessmen, educators, and writers. Yet danger was present in the form of bounty hunters and prejudice.
Complemented by archival photos, "I Came as a Stranger is an important addition to North American history.

About the Author

Bryan Prince is a descendent of slaves who came to Canada prior to the American Civil War. He is a farmer with a profound interest in the history of the Underground Railroad - particularly in the Canadian involvement. He is actively involved with the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, as well as with several other organizations in Ontario and the United States that focus on that period of history. He has spent thousands of hours researching, writing, and lecturing on this topic over a period of nearly 25 years. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to history. He lives with his wife and four children in Buxton, Ontario - a former fugitive slave settlement - and is the sixth generation of his family to do so.

Editorial Reviews

"This book…is good history…digging deeply into the roots of slavery as well as discussing the important figures in the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad system. Numerous photographs, a timeline of critical events, source notes and a bibliography augment the always interesting text."
-The Globe and Mail

"The story of the underground railroad is as action-packed and full of intrigue, heroes and villains as any modern-day work of fiction."
-Today's Parent

Appropriate for ages: 10

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