The Underground Railroad and The Power of Writing

Underground Railroad


This video features the scholar Dr. Derrick R. Spires from Cornell University/University of Delaware and the nationally known comedian Josh Johnson. In their fascinating conversation, they explore how the power of writing provided nineteenth-century abolitionists, underground railroad operatives and freedom seekers a way to share the importance of their activism, while also exchanging stories and humorous exchanges much like people do today via social media.


24 minutes, 10 seconds

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