Facts & Myths about The Unergroun Railroad

Raffai Erika (2005) Facts & Myths about The Unergroun Railroad. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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This thesis attempts to carry out an investigation about how could American fugitive slaves find their way towards the free life during the antebellum South. The analysis indicates that there was a non-violence movement in which members helped secretly those black Americans who lived in bondage, but craved a free life. This movement was the Underground Railroad. Unfortunately most of what people commonly hear and believe about this movement is based on myths and false information. My purpose is to track the truth of the Underground Railroad and why so many myths and legends about it have developed and why they continue to be told. Mythology colours history and sometimes legends merely embellish the past. By the end of my thesis I will demonstrate the differences between historical reality and historical myth. Hopefully I could work out the collective false image of the Underground Railroad, the escaping slaves through secret underground tunnels and byways. The true story is more poignant, more human, and more heart rending than the myth. The members of the Underground Railroad worked secretly and they were all heroes who are worth mentioning; even now with so many passing years. Even today their story has a message for us. We must continue to strive for a world of peace, harmony, tolerance and celebrate diversity!


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2005
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 07. 13:06
Last Modified: 2019. May. 08. 08:59
URI: http://diploma.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/75769

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