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_Nathan Thomas and Josiah Henson

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the stories of Nathan Thomas and Josiah Henson.

Veta Tucker_Ontario and Detroit

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the relationship between the communities in Ontario and Detroit.

Veta Tucker_Quakers

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the Quaker communities and their views on slavery.

Veta Tucker_Safe Houses in Detroit

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about safe houses in Detroit; Second Baptist Church and Seymour Finney’s hotel and barn.

Veta Tucker_Safe Houses of Western Michigan

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about two safe houses; Nathan Thomas’ safe house in Schoolcraft, Michigan and Erastus Hussey's safe house in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Veta Tucker_Unique Position of Detroit

Dr. Veta Tucker talks about the unique position of Detroit as a stop on the Underground Railroad.


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