Freedom Train

In America between the 1830s and 1860s many slaves fled the hardships of life on southern plantations and escaped north, to states where slavery had already been abolished, or to Canada.

With nothing to call their own and with a price on their heads, they were dependent on a network of strangers to shelter them and shuttle them from one hiding place to another.

Judith Kampfner tells their extraordinary story.

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In America between the 1830s and 1860s many slaves fled the hardships of life on southern plantations and escaped north, to states where slavery had already been abolished, or to Canada.

With nothing to call their own and with a price on their heads, they were dependent on a network of strangers to shelter them and shuttle them from one hiding place to another.

Judith Kampfner tells their extraordinary story.