David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City
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David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City

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David Ruggles (1810-1849) was one of the most heroic--and has been one of the most often overlooked--figures of the early abolitionist movement in America. Graham Russell Gao Hodges provides the first biography of this African American activist, writer, publisher, and hydrotherapist who secured liberty for more than six hundred former bond people, the most famous of whom w...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by University of North Carolina Press
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Ryan Mishap
The subject and the history are far more interesting than the writing style, but I highly recommend this for those interested in the topic despite the reading being a bit of a slog.

Hodges is taking a fresh look at Ruggles in an effort to restore some of the prominence he's lost in previous histories of the abolitionist movement and especially the underground railroad. Illuminating some details of the movement and network for escaping or freed slaves, there's plenty to fascinate here--like how pe...more
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