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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: December 2019

Introduction

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      • Introduction
      • Robert H. Churchill, University of Hartford, Connecticut
      • Book: The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America
      • Online publication: 16 December 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108773997.001
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      • Introduction
      • Robert H. Churchill, University of Hartford, Connecticut
      • Book: The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America
      • Online publication: 16 December 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108773997.001
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      • Introduction
      • Robert H. Churchill, University of Hartford, Connecticut
      • Book: The Underground Railroad and the Geography of Violence in Antebellum America
      • Online publication: 16 December 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108773997.001
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Summary

The Introduction defines the concept of cultures of violence, introduces the geography of violence on which the argument rests, and examines the historiography of the Underground Railroad. It explains why the historiography has tended to obscure this geography of violence and how that geography illuminates the operations of the Underground Railroad and the dynamics of the conflict over fugitives from enslavement. It concludes with a description of the organization of the book.