“There’s two things I got a right to and these are death and liberty. One or the other I mean to have.”
– Harriet Tubman

As quoted in Sarah Bradford, Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, 1879

Underground Railroad Pre-Visit Suggestions

To make your trip more exciting and relevant, we recommend that you visit the following Underground Railroad websites. Some of these contain lesson plans, several of which address national and New York State learning standards.

“I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation…I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch—AND I WILL BE HEARD.”
– William Lloyd Garrison,
The Liberator, 1831

Underground Railroad Books For Adults

  • Anquandah, Kwesi J. Castles and Forts of Ghana. Atalante, Ghana: Ghana Museums and Monuments Board.
  • Ball, Edward. Slaves in the Family. Thorndike, ME: G. K. Hall, 1999, c1998.
  • Blockson, Charles. Underground Railroad. NY: Prentice Hall Press. Division of Simon & Schuster, 1998.
  • Bok, Francis. Escape From Slavery. NY: St. Martin’s Press, c2003.
  • Bontemps, Arna. Great Slave Narratives. Boston: Beacon Press, 1969.
  • Bradford, Sarah. Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People. Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 1993.
  • Bradford, Sarah. The Moses of Her People: Harriet Tubman. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1981.
  • Butler, Nancy & Power, Michael.  Slavery and Freedom in Niagara. Ontario: The Niagara Historical Society, 1993.
  • Clinton, Catherine. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom. NY: Little Brown & Co., 2004.
  • Franklin, John Hope. In Search of the Promised Land: A Black Family and the Old South. NY: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Franklin, John Hope. Mirror to America:  The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin. NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.
  • Gates, Henry Lewis, Jr. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. NY: Basic Civitas Books, 1999.
  • Gayla, Sharon. Harriet Tubman and The Freedom Train. NY: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002.
  • Hartman, Saidiya. Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.
  • Hine, Darlene Clark. The African-American Odyssey. NY: Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • Jacobs, Harriet and Myrlie Evers-Williams. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Signet Classics, 2000.
  • Kallen, Stuart A. Life on the URR. NY: Greenhaven Press, 2000.
  • McGovern, Ann. Wanted Dead or Alive: The True Story of Harriet Tubman. NY:
  • Rebound by Sagebrush, 1999.
  • Pettit, Eber M.  Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad. Chautauqua Region Press, 1999.
  • Rennert, Richard, ed. Shapers of America: Profiles of Great Black Americans (Harriet Tubman). Chelsea House Publishers, 1992.
  • Siebert, Wilbur H. The Underground Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom.  London: MacMillan, 1899.
  • Still, William. Underground Railroad: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, Sc. Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, 1970.
  • Thomas, Owen A. Niagara’s Freedom Trail: A Guide to African-Canadian History on the Niagara Peninsula. NY: Region Niagara Tourist Council, 1995.
  • Washington, Booker T. Up From Slavery. Robinson Books, 2002.
  • Wheatley, Phyillis, edited with an introduction by Julian D. Mason, Jr.  The Poems of Phyllis Wheatley. University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
  • Wray, John. Canaan’s Tongue. NY, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

Underground Railroad Books for Children & Youth

  • Adler, David. A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman. New York: Scholastic, 1992.
  • Armstrong, Jennifer. Steal Away. New York: Orchard Books, 1992.
  • Ayres, Katherine. North by Night. New York: Delacorte Press, 1998.
  • Bains, Rea. The Road to Freedom. NJ: Troll Assoc., 1982.
  • Benjamin, Anne. Young Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter. NJ: Troll Assoc., 1992.
  • Bently, Judith. Harriet Tubman: An Impact Biography. NY, NY: Franklin Watts, 1990.
  • Brill, Marlene Targ. Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad. Minnesota: Carolrhoda Books, c1993.
  • Bial, Rayond. The Underground Railroad. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
  • Carbone, Elisa. Stealing Freedom. NY: Knopf, 1998.
  • Carlson, Judy. Harriet Tubman: Call to Freedom. NY: Fawcette Columbine, 1989.
  • Carter, Polly. Harriet Tubman and Black History Month. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Press, 1990.
  • Clark, Margaret Goff. Freedom Crossing. NY: Scholastic, Inc., c1980.
  • Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad. New York: Harper Collins, 1997.
  • Ferris, Jeri. Go Free or Die, A Story About Harriet Tubman. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1988.
  • Ferris, Jeri. Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, Inc., c.1988.
  • Freedman, Florence B. Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of Ellen and William Craft, Fugitive Slaves. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1971.
  • Gayle, Sharon Shavers. Escape! A Story of the Underground Railroad. Norwalk, CT: Soundprints, c1999.
  • Gresko, Marcia. Harriet Tubman. Huntington Beach: Teacher Created Materials Inc., 1997.
  • Hamilton, Virginia. Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. New York: Knopf, 1993.
  • Haskins, Jim. Get On Board: The Story of the UGRR.  New York: Scholastic, 1993.
  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. New York: Knopf, 1993.
  • Humphreville, Frances. Harriet Tubman, Flame of Freedom. Boston: Houghton Miffin Co., 1967.
  • Johnson, Dolores. Now Let Me Fly: The Story of A Slave Family. NY: Macmillan, 1993.
  • Jurmain, Suzanne. Freedom’s Sons: The True Story of the Amistad Mutiny. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1968.
  • Kelton, Nancy. Rebel Slave. Milwaukee: Raintree Publishers, 1977.
  • Lasky, Kathryn. True North: A Novel of the Underground Railroad. NY: Scholastic, c1996.
  • Lawrence, Jacob. Harriet and the Promised Land.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968.
  • Lester, Julius. From Slave Ship to Freedom Road.  New York: Dial Books, c 1998.
  • Levine, Ellen. If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad. NY: Scholastic, 1988.
  • Loesch, Joe and Cheryl J. Hutchinson (Editor). The Underground Railroad Featuring Harriet Tubman: With Buffalo Biff and Farley’s Raiders (Backyard Adventures/Time Travelers Series, 5. NY: Toy Box Productions, 2003.
  • Lyons, Mary E. Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs. New York: Scribner’s, c 1992.
  • McCurdy, Michael, ed. Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in his own Words. NY: Knopf, c1994.
  • McGovern, Anne. Wanted Dead or Alive: The True Story of Harriet Tubman. New York: Scholastic, 1965.
  • McKissack, Patricia. A Picture of Freedom. NY: Scholastic, 1997.
  • McLoone, Margo.  Harriet Tubman: A Photo Illustrated Biography. Mankato: Bridgestone Press, 1997.
  • McLoone, Margo.  Sojourner Truth: A Photo Illustrated Biography. Mankato: Bridgestone Press, 1997.
  • McMullan, Kate. Conductor of the Underground Railroad: The Story of Harriet Tubman. New York: Dell Publishing, 1991.
  • Meyer, Linda D. They Called Me Moses: Harriet Tubman. New York: Dell Publishing, 1988.
  • Monjo, F.N. The Drinking Gourd. USA: Harper Collins, 1993.
  • Moore, Kay. If You Lived at The Time of the Civil War. NY: Scholastic, 1994.
  • Olenyik, Barbara. A Good Night for Freedom. NY: Holiday House, 2003.
  • Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad.  New York: Harper Trophy, 1996. (See other resources also.)
  • Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on The Underground Railroad. New York: Pocket Books, Division of Simon & Schuster, 1971.
  • Ransom, Candice. Liberty Street. NY: Walker & Company, 2003.
  • Rappaport, Doreen. Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom. NY: Harper Collins, c1991.
  • Riggio, Anita. Secret Signs: Along the Underground Railroad. PA: Boyd Mills Press, 1997.
  • Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. NY: Crown Publishers, 1992.
  • Smucker, Barbara. Runaway to Freedom. NY: Harper & Row, c1977.
  • Stein, R. Conrad. Cornerstone of Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1981.
  • Sterling, Dorothy. Freedom Train. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc., 1954.
  • Taylor, M.W. Black Americans of Achievement Harriet Tubman Antislavery Activist. New York: Chelsea House, 1991.
  • Tilley-Turner, Glennette. Running for Our Lives. New York: Holiday House, c 1994.
  • Whelan, Gloria. Friend on Freedom River. MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2004.
  • Winter, Jeanette. Follow the Drinking Gourd. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,
  • 1988.
  • Wright, Courtni C. and Gershom Griffith. Journey to Freedom: A Story of the Underground Railroad. New York: Holiday House, 1994.
  • Wyeth, Sharon Dennis. Message in the Sky. NY: Scholastics, 2003.

Other Underground Railroad Resources

  • Abraham, Philip. Harriet Tubman. Children’s Press, p.24, c.2002.
  • Carlson, Judy. Great Lives: Harriet Tubman, Call to Freedom. NY: Ballantine Books, 1988. Teacher’s Guide
  • Carson, Mary Kay. The Underground Railroad for Kids: from Slavery to Freedom (includes 21 activities). Chicago: Review Press, c 2005.
  • Klingel, Cynthia F. Harriet Tubman: Abolitionist and Underground Railroad Conductor. Child’s World, p.32, c. 2004.
  • Clifford Larsen, Kate. Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of An American Hero. NY: Random House, 2004.
  • Lawrence, Jacob. Harriet and the Promised Land.  (Video recording) Thursday Recordings for Spoken Arts. (Also a paperback by Aladdin.)
  • “Light a Candle in the Window” – UGRR related songs (CD)
  • Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books, c. 1999. (5 audio cassettes; 6.5 hrs.); analog.
  • Sernett, Milton C. North Star Country: Upstate NY and the Crusade for African American Freedom. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2002.
  • Williams, Carla. The Underground Railroad. Child’s World, p.40, c. 2002.