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Underground Railroad

This guide features information and resources for research on the "Underground Railroad" used to convey escaped Southern slaves to safety in the North prior to and during the time of the Civil War.

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Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

African Americans: Voices of Triumph, Creative Fire

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African Americans: Voices of Triumph, Leadership

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Afro-Americans in New Jersey: A Short History

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Atlas of Slavery

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Encyclopedia of African American Society

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Volumes 1-2

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

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Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans

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Human and Civil Rights

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New Jersey’s Underground Railroad Heritage....

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Recommended Reading

Cambridge World History of Slavery. Volume 1: The Ancient Mediterranean World

Volumes 1-3. See Volume 1: The Ancient Mediterranean World
Reference Collection (Second Floor) 2011

Slavery Throughout the Ages

Electronic Resource 2021

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases for the Underground Railroad

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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