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Life on the Underground Railroad
Kallen, Stuart A., 1955-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Describes what it was like to be involved in the Underground Railroad, discussing life on the run, the lives of the trackers, conductors, and stationmasters, and the building of new lives in Canada.
Reading Level:
1160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.7 5.0 51561.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 7 Quiz: 20681 Guided reading level: NR.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
E450 .K26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
E450 .K26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
E450 .K26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In the decades leading up to the Civil War, between nearly 100,000 African Americans who escaped slavery in the South were secretly aided by northerners who helped the fugitives from injustice find safe shelter in the free states or Canada Life on the Underground Railroad explores the daily lives of those who received shelter and supplies at "stations, " and those who helped them.

Author Notes

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 250 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered countless aspects of human history, culture, and science from the building of the pyramids to the music of the twenty-first century.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Kallen presents his material in lively, yet objective prose, buttressed by well-chosen quotations from relevant 19th-century documents. The introduction and the first chapter review the history of slavery in America to 1861 and describe a slave's treatment, labor, cabin, and diet. Subsequent chapters describe terrifying journeys on the "railroad," and how runaway slaves worked with underground conductors and stationmasters to outwit bounty hunters. A brief final section links the impact of the Underground Railroad experience on African-American military service for the Union and the events of Reconstruction. The text is supplemented by a generous selection of black-and-white maps and period photographs and illustrations, all with much sharper images than found in other volumes in this series. Shaded boxes highlight major figures and interesting facts. A concise and useful resource.-Starr E. Smith, Marymount University Library, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.