By Michelle Arnosky Sherburne
Manybelieve that help for the abolition of slavery used to be universally accredited inVermont, however it was once truly a fiercely divisive factor that rocked the GreenMountain country. in the middle of turbulence and violence, notwithstanding, a few braveVermonters helped struggle for the liberty in their enslaved Southern brethren.Thaddeus Stevens—one of abolition’s so much outspoken advocates—was a Vermontnative. Delia Webster, the 1st lady arrested for helping a fugitive slave,was additionally a Vermonter. The Rokeby condo in Ferrisburgh used to be a hectic UndergroundRailroad station for many years. Peacham’s Oliver Johnson labored heavily withWilliam Lloyd Garrison through the abolition flow. realize the tales ofthese and others in Vermont who risked their very own lives to assist greater than fourthousand slaves to freedom.
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Siebert interviewed and corresponded with thousands of people across the country. He was fortunate to get information from people who had been involved personally or were eyewitnesses to fugitive slaves and also from families of Underground Railroad operators. He recorded testimonies of thousands of eyewitness accounts and gathered stories that had been passed down a generation. It is through Siebert’s work that the concepts of how the Underground Railroad agents operated came together. Another key source of information was William Still, a free black man who was instrumental in the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee, which aided thousands of fugitive slaves.
Smedley and so many other works provide us with invaluable information about this network. Unfortunately, not every fact is divulged because of the clandestine nature of the subject. We use the facts we do have to create a facsimile of what we think was the manner in which escaped slaves were aided. Understanding the culture and laws of the time help us relate to the risk and danger that Underground Railroad agents encountered. Laws supported slave owners and the right to their property—the slaves.
Everything was percolating, and it was only a matter of time before it exploded. Would the “United” States stay that way or become two separate countries? All that tension was evident in everyday life, politics and in the media. Examining these factors allows us to understand what it was like for them. NORTHERN ATTITUDES ABOUT SLAVERY The majority of Northerners were against the concept of slavery, but they didn’t think it was really their business. It didn’t affect them personally, so slavery wasn’t their problem.