Check out this review of the book, The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, from this post on D.E. Haggerty’s blog.
*Contains Mild Spoilers*
Growing up next door to a town that boasted the last, certified stop on the underground railroad as its one and only tourist attractions, I thought I understood the history of slavery. Then, I went to college and studied history and realized the history of slavery I’d learned at an American high school had been whitewashed (pun very much intended). Still, I didn’t understand the cruelty, the fear, the sheer relentlessness of slavery. As a white person who grew up in a liberal Northern state, maybe I never will. Reading Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, however, did bring me several steps closer to understanding slavery and its wide social and economic impacts.
I imagine Cora’s story, except perhaps (and unfortunately) the ending, was not an unusual one. Whitehead paints a clear picture of the cruelty visited on her at the plantation, as well as during her…
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