The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier


This told the story of a Quaker woman from Dorset who emigrated to Ohio in the 1850s and became involved with the Underground Railroad. The author did an excellent job of describing the moral and practical dilemmas involved without being either critical of those who were unwilling or unable to help the runaways or too preachy in support of those who did. She also did an excellent job of telling the story of her main character as well as the story of a difficult period in history, and also of depicting the life of a Quaker female at that time.

Although the importance of Oberlin College in African-American history is well-known, the crucial role of Ohio in the Underground Railroad is perhaps less so, and deserves more attention. This wasn’t a particularly long or detailed book, but it was certainly a very interesting one.

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