UGRR - Interview Historian


Explore the Underground Railroad and Anti-Slavery history through the expertise of Historians and Educators. Here experts share their findings through years of researching and teaching the Underground Railroad.

1 - Carol E. Mull, author of The Underground Railroad in Michigan, examines the importance of Washnetaw County and the important work done in cities like Ann Arbor and Battle Creek. She discusses her research and how best to use newly digitized resources on the world wide web.

2 - Dr. Cheryl J. LaRoche, author of Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: The Geography of Resistance, describes the three communities, which are the basis for her research. She examines the methodologies used to study Underground Railroad sites, specifically oral history interviews and landscape analysis.

3 - Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost, author of I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land, illustrates the wonderful escape story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn and the subsequent court case in Ontario, Canada. She talks about the 20-years of research she did in preparation for her book.

4 - Dr. Martha S. Jones, J.D., associate professor of History and Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan, explains the effects of both the Fugitive Slave Laws of 1793 and 1850 and the Dred Scott case.

5 - Dr. Veta Tucker, associate professor of English and African American studies at Grand Valley State University, talks about the importance of Michigan and the Detroit River. She talks extensively about Cass County, the Crosswhite Family, Erastus Hussey, and the 1847 Kentucky Raid.

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Carol Mull_Important Sites

Carol Mull talks about the importance of historic Underground Railroad sites in Michigan and Wesleyan Methodist Churches.

Carol Mull_Indentured Servitude

Carol Mull talks about the varied reasons for being an anti-slavery indentured servitude.

Carol Mull_Laura Haviland

Carol Mull talks about Laura Haviland’s defiance.

Carol Mull_Liberty Party

Carol Mull talks about the impact of the Liberty Party and how the party encouraged people to vote.

Carol Mull_Michigan Anti-Slavery Society

Carol Mull talks about the Michigan Anti-Slavery Society, founded during the Great Awakening.

Carol Mull_Michigan Secession

Carol Mull talks the Michigan Anti-Slavery Society considering secession over the issue of slavery.

Carol Mull_Port Huron

Carol Mull talks about the Port Huron Underground Railroad network and alternate crossing sites to Canada other than the Detroit River.

Carol Mull_Royal Watkins

Carol Mull talks about Royal Watkins’ defiance and the famous image of Laura Haviland and the instruments of slavery.

Carol Mull_Schism in the Liberty Party

Carol Mull talks about the division of ideals within the Liberty Party.

Carol Mull_Signal of Liberty

Carol Mull talks about the archives and digitization of the Signal of Liberty newspaper.


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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.