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Oh, I hated slavery, as it fettered me and beat me and baffled me in my desires. In my period of despair, it gave me the power to hate. But in the end, it also gave me the will and the courage to conquer or die." John P. Parker, former slave, 1845.

Network to Freedom
from the National Parks Service


Fugitive Slave Law

Long before Americans fought a Civil War - beginning in 1861 - slaves were running away.  This document, from the U.S. National Archives, depicts an Act of Congress creating a "Fugitive Slave Law" on February 12, 1793.  It establishes the "rules" for dealing with runaways (who were considered "property" of other human beings).

At the time this law was passed George Washington was America's president.



Welcome to MassBay Library online!  This guide will assist you with your research for EN101 with Professor Bohne.

Select from the blue tabs above to start your search for scholarly books and journal articles you can use as sources in your research papers.

Access to the online resources found in this guide are available from both on- and off-campus to current students and faculty.  These online Library resources are also on the Library's Website.  

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Websites ---- Local Sites You Can Visit

  • Aboard the Underground Railroad
    Produced by the U.S. National Park Service, this site is based on information in the files of the National Register and provides information on related National Historic Landmarks... includes a list of sites on you can visit in Massachusetts.
  • Black Heritage Trail
    The Black Heritage Trail is a walking tour that explores the history of Boston's 19th century African American community.
  • Boston African American National Historic Site
    Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the free African American community of 19th century Boston led the city and the nation in the fight against slavery and injustice. These remarkable men and women, together with their white allies, were leaders in Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education.
  • Jackson Homestead - Newton, Massachusetts
    The Homestead was one of the Stations of the 'Under Ground Rail Road' which was continually helping runaway Slaves from the South to Canada. One night between twelve and one o'clock, I well remember father was awakened by pebbles thrown against his window. He rose asked what was wanted? Dr. Bowditch replied it was he, with a runaway slave whom he wished father to hide till morning, and then help him on his way to Canada, for his master was in Boston looking for him. Father took him in and next morning carried him fifteen miles to a Station where he could take a car for Canada. He could not have safely left by any Boston Station. -- Annals from The Old Homestead, by Ellen Jackson, 1894
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery -
    Related to the Underground Railroad foremost for the 1847 monument to the Reverend Charles Torrey, a martyr to the Underground Railroad, who died in the Baltimore penitentiary while serving a sentence for his activities aiding freedom seekers.

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