Bound for Canaan by Fergus Bordewich audiobook

Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement

By Fergus Bordewich
Read by Peter Jay Fernandez

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An important book of epic scope on America’s first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change The civil war brought to a climax the country’s bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery’s denouement can be traced to a courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, slave and free, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad, a movement that occupies as romantic a place in the nation’s imagination as the Lewis and Clark expedition. The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country’s westward expansion arose a fierce clash of values that was nothing less than a war for the country’s soul. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also subverted federal law. Bound for Canaan tells the stories of men and women like David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country’s first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.

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Summary

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An important book of epic scope on America’s first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change

The civil war brought to a climax the country’s bitter division. But the beginnings of slavery’s denouement can be traced to a courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, slave and free, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad, a movement that occupies as romantic a place in the nation’s imagination as the Lewis and Clark expedition. The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country’s westward expansion arose a fierce clash of values that was nothing less than a war for the country’s soul. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also subverted federal law.

Bound for Canaan tells the stories of men and women like David Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country’s first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A masterful story—a deeply American story.” Cornel West, New York Times bestselling author
“This fast-paced narrative is the best account we have of the network known as the Underground Railroad.” James McPherson, New York Times bestselling author
“Dramatizes a shining moment in American history— a book filled with unsung heroes and revolutionary acts of trust.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“This engrossing account of the Underground Railroad describes how scattered ‘experimental, impulsive’ acts (for instance, defending a fugitive from a patrol) became an organized operation involving thousands of stationmasters, conductors, and spies.” New Yorker
“A profoundly American tale.” USA Today
“An important addition to our history, brilliantly told.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Narrator Peter Fernandez offers a solid reading, making this text flow nicely…Fernandez is a good match to the author’s writing style. He’s particularly effective with accents—regional American, British, and especially those of former slaves. He also conveys the gravitas of this important story.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Fergus Bordewich

Author Bio: Fergus Bordewich

Journalist Fergus M. Bordewich has written on American history as well as human rights and other issues for the New York Times, Smithsonian, American Heritage, the Atlantic Monthly, Reader’s Digest, and other periodicals. He is the author of Killing the White Man’s Indian: Reinventing Native Americans at the End of the Twentieth Century; My Mother’s Ghost; and Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America’s First Civil Rights Movement. He lives in Barrytown, New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 19.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English