Eric Foner on the Underground Railroad

Here’s Professor Eric Foner discussing the Underground Railroad, based on his new book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. The video’s description reads, “Eric Foner spoke with Martha Hodes about his book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. Professor Foner talked about Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key organizers behind helping escaped slaves in New York City.”

This is an excellent conversation with some great information.



  1. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    At every turn, in every argument, it has always been the position of the South was that the Civil War was about states rights, not slavery. It was entirely satisfying to me to hear professor Foner shred this reasoning by juxtaposing the South’s support of the Federally mandated Fugitive Slave Act against its claim of Northern laws squeezing the South out of existence. Professor Foner points out how the role reversal continued with many in the North wishing to do away with the Fugitive Slave Act, while the South vigorously supporting it. Although this was not the main subject of the video, and perhaps took all of five minutes out of the presentation, for me, it resonated deeply. Watching the video was an hour well spent. Bravo..

    1. I have an open challenge to the neo-confederates that they have not taken up. I challenged them to supply me with a list of the state’s rights the northern states were violating that did not involve slavery and the primary sources from before 1862 that mentioned them.

      The crickets are deafening.

      1. Yep, don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer. 🙂

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