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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Veta Tucker_Battle Creek

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about Battle Creek, Michigan as a critical junction on the Underground Railroad.

Veta Tucker_Cass County

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the important activity in Cass County, Michigan among African Americans and Quakers.

Veta Tucker_Daniels Family Escape

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the escape of the Daniel’s family with the aid of John Brown.

Veta Tucker_Documenting Michigan History

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the importance of documenting Underground Railroad history in Michigan.

Veta Tucker_Freeman Walls

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the story of the Freeman Walls family and the settlement of Puce, Ontario.

Veta Tucker_Fugitive Slave Laws

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the Fugitive Slave Laws of 1793 and 1850.

Veta Tucker_Great Awakening

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the movement west, during the Great Awakening, and the establishment of anti-slavery churches and organizations.

Veta Tucker_Henry Bibb

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the many escape stories of Henry Bibb.

Veta Tucker_Illinois Line

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the Illinois line and the Quaker line of the Underground Railroad.

Veta Tucker_Laura Haviland

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about Laura Haviland and the Raisin Institute.


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