The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad


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ben_franklins_worldBetween the 1830s and 1860s, a clandestine communications and transportation network called the “Underground Railroad” helped thousands of slaves escape to freedom.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we investigate this secret network with Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/059

Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our world. Each episode features an interview with an historian who shares their unique insights into our early American past.

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  1. Gretchen A. Duling, PhD

    I am Gretchen A. Duling, PhD in Learning & Instruction from the NYS Univ. at Buffalo, My dissertation was based on interviews of early 20th century one-room school career teachers from the southern rural Ohio River Valley. I hold 3 Master’s degrees: Music Ed. from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt Univ. in Chicago; Gifted & Creative Studies from the State Univ. College at Buffalo; and a M.S. in Educ. Adm. & Supervision from Canisius College. I am a published author: Adopting Joe: Black-Vietnamese Child;, published by Tuttle & Co, in Vermont; A Legacy of Mutual Trust: Otto Herboth, German POW interned at Fort Niagara, (1944-45) published by the Old Fort Niagara Assoc. The Journey of the French Coat, regional historic fiction for Youth,(Main character I- Marquis de Lafayette) self-published through Buffalo, NY. Goulah Design Grp. (also on Amazon). My husband Dennic C. Duling, PhD from Univ. of Chicago – also a published author in the area of the New Testament and the Social Context of the New Testament and I have teamed in researching and writing an Underground Railroad Book: “A Final River to Cross: the Underground Railroad at Youngstown, New York (small river village on the Lower Niagara River across from Ft. George and Niagara -on-the Lake, ON, Canada. We have two excellent readers who have noteworthy UGRR publications. We are down river from Niagara Falls, New York. We are at the editing stages so felt I should send out an alert and hope for some interest in our subject matter.

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