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Common Reading : Web Resources and Multimedia

Web Resources

Road To Freedom

SlaveDwellingProject : non-profit organization that ensures that slave dwellings--and the stories of the enslaved--are represented in the narrative of American history at plantations, farms and historic sites where they were living

Underground Railroad: Journey of Freedom: National Park Service website on the Underground Railroad; includes virtual places, webinars, a kids' section, and other useful information about the movement and its context and impact.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park:  National park in Maryland preserving the memory and land Tubman escaped from and returned through with her "passengers"

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park: The park in new York State where her house remains.

"Location of Harriet Tubman's Home Discovered": NPR All Things Considered transcript from April 21, 2021

Emancipation Proclamation: From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website, view a digital copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, read a transcript of the text, and view other documents foundational to American democracy






Oral History

Oral History and Interviews

Oral History Association : organization for those conducting oral history; provides a manual of best practices, educational resources, listservs, and other useful information and tools for conducting, transcribing, and preserving oral history.

Oral History Interviews: website on how to conduct interviews for oral history provided by the Library of Congress's The American Folklife Center

StoryCorps: non-profit organization for collecting and preserving human stories via animations, podcasts and interviews

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Slave Narratives

What is a slave narrative? A slave narrative, according to William Andrew's article on, is "an account of the life, or a major portion of the life, of a fugitive or former slave, either written or orally related by the slave personally."

Andrews, William L.. "Slave narrative". Encyclopedia Britannica, Invalid Date, Accessed 19 August 2021.


The library at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill sponsors a website Documenting the American South. A collection found there is "North American Slave Narratives" which provides a chronological list of slave narratives and, if possible, links to the text of those remembrances.

Retracing the Underground Railroad By Bicycle

While the Underground Railroad portion described in the Common Reading are the routes from Maryland, there were other routes for those in non-border states. In 2015, a long-distance bike rider, Eric Cedano, chose to take a trip following an Underground Railroad route from Louisiana to Canada; this YouTube video documents highlights of his trip.