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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Cheryl LaRoche_Unique Communities

Dr. Cheryl LaRoche talks about the unique qualities of Underground Railroad communities Rocky Fork, Poke Patch, and Miller Grove.

Cheryl LaRoche_William Paul Quinn

Dr. Cheryl LaRoche describes to life and importance of William Paul Quinn.

Cheryl LaRoche_Women on the Underground Railroad

Dr. Cheryl LaRoche talks about the discoveries she made about women on the Underground Railroad.

Karolyn Smardz Frost_1831

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost explains that the year 1831 was a watershed year in the Anti-slavery Movement.

Karolyn Smardz Frost_Archeology Site

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost talks about discovering the first Underground Railroad archeology site in Canada.

Karolyn Smardz Frost_Blackburn Case

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost talks about the importance of the Blackburn case, as an extradition case.

Karolyn Smardz Frost_Blackburns Story

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost talks about the importance of the Blackburn’s story.

Karolyn Smardz Frost_Border Relationship

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost explains the special border relationship between Detroit and Ontario.

Karolyn Smardz Frost_Charles Cleland

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost talks about the work of Charles Cleland.

Karolyn Smardz Frost_Cincinnati

Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost describes the anti-slavery activity in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Riots of 1829.


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