Freedom Train North: Stories of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

By Julia Pferdehirt

Paperback: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-474-6

Revised Edition, 136 pages, 42 b/w photos and 11 maps, 8 x 9"; E-book now available


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People running from slavery made many hard journeys to find freedom - on steamboats and in carriages, across rivers and in hay-covered wagons. Some were shot at. Many were chased by slave catchers. Others hid in tunnels and secret rooms. But these troubles were worth it for the men, women, and children who eventually reached freedom. "Freedom Train North" tells the stories of fugitive slaves who found help in Wisconsin. Young readers (ages 7 to 12) will meet people like Joshua Glover, who was broken out of jail by a mob of freedom workers in Milwaukee, and Jacob Green, who escaped five times before he finally made it to freedom.

This compelling book also introduces stories of the strangers who hid fugitive slaves and helped them on their way, brave men and women who broke the law to do what was right. As both a historian and a storyteller, author Julia Pferdehirt shares these exciting and important stories of a dangerous time in Wisconsin's past. Using manuscripts, letters, and artifacts from the period, as well as stories passed down from one generation to another, Pferdehirt takes us deep into our state's past, challenging and inspiring us with accounts of courage and survival.

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Julia Pferdehirt is an author, educator, and professional storyteller. A resident of Middleton, Wisconsin, Pferdehirt is also the author of "They Came to Wisconsin," "Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad," and "Blue Jenkins," all published for young audiences by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

2011 ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Awards
Finalist in the Juvenile Nonfiction Category

2011 Midwest Independent Publishers Association Midwest Book Awards
Winner in the Children's Non-Fiction Category