Reenacted live interviews with stationmasters and conductors of the underground railroad. See Abolition News Network on youtube: William Still, of Philadelphia, Levi Coffin, Stationmaster from Fountain City, Indiana, Rev. John Rankin, stationmaster at Ripley, Ohio, Harriet Tubman and John P. Parker, conductors from Maryland and Ohio, and more coming soon: Thomas Garret, stationmaster from Wilmington Delaware, Lewis Tappan, conductor from N.Y.C. and Prof. Wilbur H. Siebert, author of "Underground Railroad" who listed 3000 station sites in his book.
In modern network-news style interviews, a multitude of characters from history explain their experiences, actions and perspectives during this formative period of American history.
In the interviews, the characters discuss topics such as the abolition of slavery, the Underground Railroad, the slave trade and its cruelty, and how slaves escaped their bondage. Volumes 3 through 8 each has a specific theme and each illuminates a different facet of the road to the abolition of slavery.
The author, Steve Edison, has meticulously researched each character using both primary and secondary sources to bring them to life and into the classroom or living room where they can tell their stories in their own words.
Professional actors and historically suggestive sets, some filmed on location, give an authentic atmosphere to each interview. The scripts are taken from the speeches, writings and songs of the period.
Although this is not a taught course, teachers, parents and other instructors will find the supplementary information in the Teacher’s Guide an important resource. It contains additional facts, provocative questions and the series bibliography.
Abolition News Network